This is the spectrum of myoglobin, a mostly helical protein.
Damage in the muscle causes the release of pigment called myoglobin into the bloodstream where it is transported to the kidneys.
They have few mitochondria and little myoglobin, resulting in a white color (e.g. chicken breast ).
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Because the kidneys remove myoglobin from the blood, myoglobin levels may be high in persons whose kidneys are failing.
A small amount is also found in the muscle protein myoglobin.
It is an important component of hemoglobin and myoglobin, the type of hemoglobin in muscle tissue.
Iron-critical in the production of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, and myoglobin found in muscle tissue.
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