Evelien de Waele

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Animal studies have indicated that pancreatic exocrine acinar cells have phenotypic plasticity. In rodents, acinar cells can differentiate into ductal precursors that can be converted to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma or insulin-producing endocrine cells. However, little is known about human acinar cell plasticity. We developed(More)
OBJECTIVE Epithelial-mesenchymal transition may interfere with the differentiation of cultured pancreatic acinar cells toward endocrine cells. Therefore, it will be important to investigate into detail the reprogramming of human pancreatic acinar cells toward a mesenchymal phenotype: the association with acinoductal transdifferentiation, the influence of(More)
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