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??
2) Production of bile
3) Production of serum albumin
(oh and nice split guys, looks good )
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 )
6) Deamination of protein
Ah not really, doesn't muscle and renal tissue store glycogen too?
6) Produces urea
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
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.
9) synthesizes angiotensinogen
10) Drug metabolism (I think ???)
11). Serviceable meal when combined with fava beans and a nice chianti.
12. cholesterol synthesis
14. red blood cell generation in fetus
15. production of insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1
thats all i got for now
Ah yes, my mistake
16) Converts the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) into it more active form triiodothyronine (T3).
i believe that was point 15.
17. storage of the fat soluable vitamins A,D,E,K
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