Topic D.3: Functions of the Liver
Essential Idea: The chemical composition of the blood is regulated by the liver.
At SHS, Topic D.3 is taught in the following class unit(s):
Statements & Objectives:
D.3.U1 The liver removes toxins from the blood and detoxifies them.
D.3.U2 Components of red blood cells are recycled by the liver.
D.3.U3 The breakdown of erythrocytes starts with phagocytosis of red blood cells by Kupffer cells.
D.4.U4 Iron is carried to the bone marrow to produce hemoglobin in new red blood cells.
D.3.U5 Surplus cholesterol is converted to bile salts.
D.3.U6 Endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus in hepatocytes produce plasma proteins.
D.3.U7 The liver intercepts blood from the gut to regulate nutrient levels.
D.3.U8 Some nutrients in excess can be stored in the liver.
D.3.A1 Causes and consequences of jaundice.
D.3.A2 Dual blood supply to the liver and differences between sinusoids and capillaries.
D.3.NOS Educating the public on scientific claims—scientific studies have shown that high-density lipoprotein could be considered “good” cholesterol.
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