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Any of several proteins found in the lens of the eye in vertebrates and certain invertebrates.

[Latin crystallum, crystal; see crystal + -in.]
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Masyita Crystallin, economist for the Philippines and Indonesia at DBS Bank, said the slower growth momentum and easing inflation have provided room for the central bank to unwind last year's monetary tightening with a combination of both policy rate cut and the reduction of the reserve requirement ratio (RRR).
economist Masyita Crystallin shared the highest end of economists' projections, at 3.2 percent.
miR-375 is a small non-coding RNA fragment that is transcribed from the fragments of two genes, coiled-coil domain-containing protein 108-like and crystallin beta A2, in human chromosome 2.
One important laboratory study showed that carnosine prevented the lens protein crystallin from clumping together into dense, opaque fibrils.
When GSH levels start to deplete with age, especially in the nucleus of the lens, protein oxidation can lead to PSSG, protein aggregation, decreased crystallin, protein solubility abnormalities, and an overall yellowing of the lens [111-113].
Specialized cells near the center of the eye, for example, produce large quantities of a protein called crystallin which self-assembles to form a lens that accurately focuses light waves onto the retina to enable three-dimensional color imaging via electrical impulses.
Key words: Lens proteomics, ubiquitous lens crystallin, taxon specific lens crystallin, Uromastyx hardwickii, water insoluble lens protein.
Because the melting point of amyloids is higher than that of normal crystallins, the team focused on finding chemicals that that lowered the melting point of crystallin amyloids to the normal, healthy range.
This occurs when the structure of the crystallin proteins that make up the lens in our eyes deteriorates, causing the damaged or disorganised proteins to clump and form a milky blue or brown layer.