Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The ultrastructure of immunohistochemically identified PP cells has been investigated by applying the serial semithin/thin section technique to the human pancreas, with special reference to the posterior part of the head, reputed to originate from the ventral primordium. PP cells of this area differ from those already identified in the rest of the pancreas and correspond to a cell, not yet described in the human pancreas, characterized by larger granules of very variable shape and structure. Such granules resemble those of so-called “F cells”, i.e. the PP cells of dog uncinate process and cat duodenal lobe, also coming from the ventral primordium. Thus, human “ventral lobe” PP cells have peculiar potentialities which are expressed in distinctive structural patterns of presently unknown functional meaning.
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