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Journal of Microbiology and Pathology

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Peptides

Peptide is a molecule consisting of 2 or more amino acids. They are smaller than proteins, which are also chains of amino acids. Molecules small enough to be synthesized from the constituent amino acids are called peptides rather than proteins. Whenever you ingest a protein in your body it breaks down in to its individual amino acids. It then puts those amino acids back together in a different order to make whatever peptide or protein that your body needs. Peptides are biologically and medically important molecules they include the hormone oxytocin, glutathione, melittin, the pancreatic hormone insulin, and glucagon. These hormone include molecules that are short polypeptide chains such as antidiuretic hormone and oxytocin which are produced in the brain and are released into the blood in the posterior pituitary gland.

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