Islets of Langerhans
"Islets of Langerhans" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus,
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Irregular microscopic structures consisting of cords of endocrine cells that are scattered throughout the PANCREAS among the exocrine acini. Each islet is surrounded by connective tissue fibers and penetrated by a network of capillaries. There are four major cell types. The most abundant beta cells (50-80%) secrete INSULIN. Alpha cells (5-20%) secrete GLUCAGON. PP cells (10-35%) secrete PANCREATIC POLYPEPTIDE. Delta cells (~5%) secrete SOMATOSTATIN.
|Islets of Langerhans
- Islets of Langerhans
- Langerhans Islets
- Pancreatic Islets
- Islet, Pancreatic
- Islets, Pancreatic
- Pancreatic Islet
- Pancreas, Endocrine
- Endocrine Pancreas
- Islands of Langerhans
- Langerhans Islands
- Islet Cells
- Cell, Islet
- Cells, Islet
- Islet Cell
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