bile pigment


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bile pigment

[′bīl ′pig·mənt]
(biochemistry)
Either of two colored organic compounds found in bile: bilirubin and biliverdin.
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Bile pigments are colored materials that are contained in the juice the liver pours out into the intestines.
Chemical structure of a new family of bile pigments from human urine.
However, it was not until I joined the Bruce Ames laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, in early 1986 that I was presented with the opportunity to work with this golden bile pigment as a postdoctoral scientist.
A common symptom of liver disease is yellow discolouration of the eyes, due to the high concentration of bile pigment in the blood stream," says Dr Biswas.
Bilirubin, the bile pigment that yellows the skin of babies born with jaundice, is generally considered a toxic molecule.
Bilirubin, a by-product of heme metabolism, is a bile pigment normally eliminated from the body after conversion into a water-soluble form by the liver.
Hyperbilirubinemia is caused by an elevation of a bile pigment, called bilirubin, in the blood.
Bile pigment may be encountered in patients with marked hyperbilirubinemia and affords the dura a green-yellow coloration.
This is because their livers are not working efficiently and yellowing of the skin is caused by a build-up of bile pigment.