islet of Langerhans


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islet of Langerhans

[′ī·lət əv ′läŋ·gər‚hänz]
(histology)
A mass of cell cords in the pancreas that is of an endocrine nature, secreting insulin and a minor hormone like lipocaic. Also known as island of Langerhans; islet of the pancreas.
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The possible explanation for increase in size of islet of langerhans is that sodium cyclamate increases the insulin release which resulted in compensatory increase in area of islet of langrehans.
We obtained calcium records for the whole islet of Langerhans by imaging intracellular calcium under an inverted epifluorescence microscope (Axiovert 200; Carl Zeiss GmbH, Jena,Germany).
Since 1977, the University of Minnesota has been using various techniques to isolate and process patients' islet of Langerhans cells from their diseased pancreases and transplant them back into the patients following pancreatectomy.