Alpha cells come of age.

  title={Alpha cells come of age.},
  author={Joel Francis Habener and Violeta Stanojevic},
  journal={Trends in endocrinology and metabolism: TEM},
  volume={24 3},
The alpha cells that coinhabit the islets with the insulin-producing beta cells have recently captured the attention of diabetes researchers because of new breakthrough findings highlighting the importance of these cells in the maintenance of beta cell health and functions. In normal physiological conditions alpha cells produce glucagon but in conditions of beta cell injury they also produce glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a growth and survival factor for beta cells. In this review we consider… CONTINUE READING
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