Enteroendocrine cells

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Enteroendocrine cells are specialized endocrine cells of the gastrointestinal tract. They produce hormones such as serotonin[1], somatostatin and enteroglucagon.

Most enteroendocrine cells are found in the islets of Langerhans, but they are also found in other locations. For example, the G cells (which secrete gastrin) are located primarily in the stomach.[2]. Enteroendocrine cells are also found in the duodenum.[3]

Enterochromaffin-like cell and enterochromaffin cells are also considered enteroendocrine cells.[4]

See also


  1. UIUC Histology Subject 321
  2. iv_1/g/G_cell article at GE's Medcyclopaedia
  3. Histology image: 11604loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University - "Endocrine System: duodenum, enteroendocrine cells"
  4. Enteroendocrine+cells at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

External links

  • Histology image: 22201loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University - "Ultrastructure of the Cell: chief cells and enteroendocrine cell"