What is a mucin?

What is a mucin? Here are some definitions.

  1. (biochemistry) Any of several glycoproteins found in mucus
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The best example of such a gel is mammalian mucus, which is based on the glycoprotein mucin.
Malabsorption may be caused by delayed gastric emptying, prior or concurrent injury, achlorhydria, and reduced gastric mucin secretion.
Mayer mucicarmine and periodic acid-Schiff with diastase staining demonstrated the presence of intracytoplasmic and luminal mucin.
Since then, there have been other reports describing various saprophytic fungal organisms in cultures from allergic mucin.
The epithelial cells lining the cyst contained abundant mucin vacuoles that filled the cytoplasm of the luminal half of the cells.
The mucin is secreted by tiny glands called goblet cells in the conjunctiva.

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