Alpha Cells, Function and Location in the Body

alpha cells

a special group of cells found in the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. Alpha cells produce the hormone glucagon, which they release into the bloodstream when blood sugar level is low.

Lets put it in simple words;

 alpha-cells or α-cells are endocrine cells in the pancreatic islets of the pancreas. They make up to 20% of the human islet cells synthesizing and secreting the peptide hormone glucagon, which elevates the glucose levels in the blood.
 
What is the main function of alpha cells? 
  • Glucagon secretion
Where are the alpha cells located


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