Islet of Langerhans

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The islets of Langerhans are the areas of the pancreas containing the endocrine cells responsible for producing the hormones that are secreted by the pancreas. The areas are named after Paul Langerhans, a German anatomist, in 1869.  
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The islets of Langerhans are the areas of the [[Pancreas|pancreas]] containing the [[Endocrine cells|endocrine cells]] responsible for producing the [[Hormone|hormones]] that are secreted by the [[Pancreas|pancreas]]. The areas are named after [[Paul Langerhans|Paul Langerhans]], a German anatomist, in 1869.  
  
There are 5 cell types in the islets of Langerhans responsible for producing different hormones:  
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There are 5 cell types in the Islets of Langerhans responsible for producing different hormones:  
  
*Alpha cells: produce glucagon  
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*Alpha cells are a form of endocrine cell that produces [[Glucagon|glucagon]].
*Beta cells: produce insulin and amylin  
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*Beta cells: produce [[Insulin|insulin]] and [[Amylin|amylin]]
*Delta cells: produce somatostatin  
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*Delta cells: produce [[Somatostatin|somatostatin]]
*PP cells: produce pancreatic polypeptide  
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*PP cells: produce [[Pancreatic polypeptide|pancreatic polypeptide]]
*Epsilon cells: produce ghrelin
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*Epsilon cells: produce [[Ghrelin|ghrelin]]

Latest revision as of 14:12, 23 October 2017

The islets of Langerhans are the areas of the pancreas containing the endocrine cells responsible for producing the hormones that are secreted by the pancreas. The areas are named after Paul Langerhans, a German anatomist, in 1869.

There are 5 cell types in the Islets of Langerhans responsible for producing different hormones:

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