#1

When I was at uni, we were told that we would be exposed to roughly 100 functions of the liver over the course of our degree.

I can think of about 6. So, I figured we should start a list.

I'll get the ball rolling with

1) production of clotting factors.

Can we get to 100??

Vorsprung Registered User
#2

100!?

2) Production of bile

Gazza22 Registered User
#3

3) Production of serum albumin

(oh and nice split guys, looks good )

r3nu4l Administrator
#4

4) Conversion of glucose to glycogen
5) Storage of glycogen

(In theory I suppose this is one function but since we're looking for 100, let's clutch at straws )

lorebringer Registered User
#5

6) Deamination of protein

Vorsprung Registered User
#6

r3nu4l said:
4) Conversion of glucose to glycogen
5) Storage of glycogen

(In theory I suppose this is one function but since we're looking for 100, let's clutch at straws )


Ah not really, doesn't muscle and renal tissue store glycogen too?

6) Produces urea

r3nu4l Administrator
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Vorsprung said:
Ah not really, doesn't muscle and renal tissue store glycogen too?

But that doesn't really matter does it? We're not talking unique functions of the liver here, just functions of the liver and those are legitimate functions, I just broke them into two to help us reach 100

#8

The glycogen thing is relatively specific to the liver, as it's mostly just stored in brain, skeletal tissue, kidney and liver.

But the liver is the where the action is, and it converts glucose to glycogen that can enter the bloodstream, as opposed to just being for local use, which is unique I think.
But we need 100 so let's roll with it

8) temperature regulation.

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Jessibelle Registered User
#9

9) synthesizes angiotensinogen
10) Drug metabolism (I think ???)

DrIndy Registered User
#10

toxin metabolism

2Scoops Registered User
#11

11). Serviceable meal when combined with fava beans and a nice chianti.

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biomed32 Registered User
#12

12. cholesterol synthesis
13. lipogenesis
14. red blood cell generation in fetus
15. production of insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1

thats all i got for now

Jessibelle Registered User
#13

2Scoops said:
11). Serviceable meal when combined with fava beans and a nice chianti.


I laughed

biomed32 said:
i believe that was point 14.


Ah yes, my mistake

16) Converts the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) into it more active form triiodothyronine (T3).

biomed32 Registered User
#14

Jessibelle said:
I laughed

16) Produces red blood cells in the fetus during the first trimester


i believe that was point 15.

17. storage of the fat soluable vitamins A,D,E,K

liberal Registered User
#15

18 synthesis of Protein C (a natural anticoagulant)
19 break down of thrombin complexed with a variety of things
20 production of thrombopoetin

I've been studying haemostasis

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