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 responsible for producing the [[Hormone|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:  
 
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: produce [[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]]

Revision as of 15:45, 22 October 2012

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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