Myoglobin is a protein which mainly serves to carry oxygen to the muscles in order for them to function correctly. It has a similar structure to that of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen in the bloodstream. Myoglobin is also considered to be a pigment, as it is the reason that muscles are red. Usually contained in the muscles, myoglobin can be released into the bloodstream following a serious muscular lesion, notably in cases of myocardial infarction
, and has even been found in urine in certain cases. Myoglobin quantities in the blood or urine can therefore help towards diagnosing various diseases or conditions.
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