An Insulin that Withstands Warmth

Young scientists from Melbourne have revealed to discover a form of insulin that they claim can survive warmth and does not need refrigeration.

Monash University chemistry students posted that they know the way to strengthen insulin's chemical structure, thereby enhancing its efficacy when stored at temperatures above four degrees Celsius.

The recent figures depict that about 285 million are surviving with diabetes worldwide, with 1.7 million alone being Australians where it is revealed to touch epidemic levels.

"The instability of insulin is closely related to its chemical structure. Insulin is constructed from two different protein chains which are joined together by unstable disulphide bonds. Using a series of chemical reactions, we have been able to replace unstable bonds with stronger carbon-based bridges”, they explained.

However, this replacement known as 'dicarba insulins' does not alter the natural activity of insulin, but it does seem to highly boost its stability.

The scientists claim that the new insulin may also facilitate the much-required know-how into the working of the molecule.

Insulin serves as a binding agent for the receptor and the lock opens and facilitates sugar supply to cells from the blood. However, insulin is revealed to later shape inside the receptor, and its final shape is still not known.