The functional importance of the cellular and extracellular composition of the islets of Langerhans

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Abstract

The pancreatic islet of Langerhans is a multicellular system that relies on cell–cell interaction and communication for its function. The most abundant cells in the islets are alpha, beta and endothelial cells, all of which have been shown to positively support each other by generating direct cell–cell interactions, extracellular matrix proteins, or through the secretion of soluble factors into the extracellular space. Knowing how these cell types assemble and support each other to improve viability, migration, and function (glucose responsiveness) is important for the aim of re-establishing beta cell mass with a de novo cell source derived from human cells.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100048
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immunology and Regenerative Medicine
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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