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Medical Term:

stearyl-CoA desaturase


a protein complex that is key in the synthesis of unsaturated fatty acids; it introduces a double bond at ?9; high dietary levels of unsaturated fatty acids decrease this enzyme's activity in the liver; a number of agents will induce this enzyme (insulin, hydrocortisone, and triiodothyronine).

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