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Gastroenterology. 2013 Jun;144(6):1170-9. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2013.01.074.

Control of cell identity in pancreas development and regeneration.

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Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. bstanger@exchange.upenn.edu

Abstract

The endocrine and exocrine cells in the adult pancreas are not static, but can change their differentiation state in response to injury or stress. This concept of cells in flux means that there may be ways to generate certain types of cells (such as insulin-producing β-cells) and prevent formation of others (such as transformed neoplastic cells). We review different aspects of cell identity in the pancreas, discussing how cells achieve their identity during embryonic development and maturation, and how this identity remains plastic, even in the adult pancreas.

PMID:
23622126
PMCID:
PMC3639438
DOI:
10.1053/j.gastro.2013.01.074
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