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Anat Embryol (Berl). 1990;181(5):441-52.

Development of the dorsal pancreatic primordium transplanted into the third ventricle of rats.

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Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of Tokushima, Japan.


The dorsal pancreatic primordia of 12.5-day-old rat embryos transplanted into the third ventricle of adult female rats were immunohistochemically examined 10, 20 and 40 days after transplantation. On day 10, the grafts grew into an epithelial sacculus (S) with a thick subepithelial tissue (ST). Tubular and vesicular structures with a single cuboidal epithelium were found within the wall of the S, but they underwent thereafter a regression without allowing the primordia to differentiate into the exocrine acinar tissues. In contrast with this, pancreatic hormone-containing cells existed in the ST, and were arranged like the islands of a mature animal. The tissue also has smooth muscle fibers and neurons. When the primordium was grafted along with its root connected to the duodenum, gut-like tubular structures differentiated, showing mucosa with villi and crypts, submucous mesenchymal tissue and muscle layers. The mucosa possesses epithelial cells immunoreactive for the pancreatic hormones, and the muscle layers have the myenteric plexuses. These findings seem to provide further evidence that in the rat pancreas, pancreatic-hormone-containing cells differ from the acinar cells in origin.

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