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relaxin
medical dictionary

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Polypeptide hormone produced by corpus luteum and found in the blood of pregnant animals. Acts, as its name suggests, to cause muscle relaxation during parturition. Human relaxin has an A chain of 24 amino acids and a B chain of 29. Has structural similarity to insulin.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

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