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Protein Series - Integrin
Integrins are transmembrane receptors that facilitate cell-cell and cell-extracellular
matrix (ECM) adhesion. Upon ligand binding, integrins activate signal transduction pathways
that mediate cellular signals. The presence of integrins allows rapid and flexible responses to
events at the cell surface. Several types of integrins exist, and one cell generally has multiple
different types on its surface. Integrins work alongside other proteins such as cadherins,
the immunoglobulin superfamily cell adhesion molecules, to mediate cell–cell and cell–matrix
interaction. Integrins help hold the dermis and epidermis together. After death integrins are
hydrolyzed, this can result in desquamation/skin slip. Aldehydes interact with these proteins
during the embalming process. Specifically, the nitrogen in an amino acid drives a nucleophilic
attack on the carbonyl carbon in the aldehyde.


Protein Series – Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF)

Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) or scatter factor (SF) is a paracrine cellular growth, motility and morphogenic factor. It is secreted by mesenchymal cells and targets and acts primarily upon epithelial cells and endothelial cells, but also acts on haemopoietic progenitor cells and T cells. It has been shown to have a major role in embryonic organ development, specifically in myogenesis, in adult organ regeneration, and in wound healing. Aldehydes interact with these and other protein during the embalming process to create methylene bridges. This reaction both preserves and disinfects human remains.


Protein Series: Dopamine receptor
Dopamine receptors are implicated in many neurological processes, including motivational and incentive salience, cognition, memory, learning, and fine motor control, as well as modulation of neuroendocrine signaling. Abnormal dopamine receptor signaling and dopaminergic nerve function is implicated in several neuropsychiatric disorders. Aldehydes interact with these and other protein during the embalming process to create methylene bridges. This reaction both preserves and disinfects human remains.


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Protein Series: Aquaporin transmembrane channel protein. This membrane bound protein has a hydrophilic channel that allows for the passive transport of water across bacterial and animal cells. It has been theorized* that aldehydes also diffuse across cell membranes via this channel. As with other proteins, this structure is a polymer of amino acids that contain nitrogen. These nitrogens initiate the nucleophilic attack on the carbonyl unit in aldehydes forming the methylene bridge often referred to as the "crosslink" in embalming.


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Protein Series: Hemoglobin, this protein found in red blood cells that is involved in oxygen-transport protein. Proteins are polymers of amino acids. Amino acids contain nitrogen that will interact with aldehydes in embalming chemicals. This is termed fixation or celebrating a methylene bridge. STAY CURIOUS.

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