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alpha cell

[′al·fə ‚sel]
(histology)
Any of the acidophilic chromophiles in the anterior lobe of the adenohypophysis.
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If the discovery translates to people, scientists may one day be able to coax type 1 diabetics' own alpha cells into replacing insulin-producing cells.
That's because it will likely require development of a glucagon-releasing system functioning akin to the pancreatic alpha cell, in addition to insulin release in response to CGM data.
Two important cells in the pancreas are the alpha cells, which secrete a hormone called glucagon, and the beta cells which secrete insulin.
Conversely, alpha cells secrete glucagon, a hormone that triggers tissues to release sugar into the bloodstream.
works by stimulating the beta cells to release insulin and suppressing glucagon secretion from the alpha cells only when blood sugar levels are high.
Our study shows that neighboring cells called alpha cells can behave like adversaries for beta cells.