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alpha cell

Etymology: Gk, alpha, first letter of the Greek alphabet; L, cella, storeroom
one of a class of cells located in the adenohypophysis or in the pancreatic islets. Alpha cells in the pancreas produce glucagon, which raises the level of glucose in the blood.

alpha cell

A cell of the islets of Langerhans which produces glucagon in response to hypoglycaemia, growth hormone and some amino acids.

alpha cell

1. An enteroendocrine cell that produces glucagon and is found in the pancreatic islets. Synonym: A cell
2. An acidophil of the adenohypophysis (anterior pituitary gland).
See also: cell
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The glucagonostatic effect of stevioside may be caused by a direct inhibitory action on the glucagon producing alpha-cells or an indirect action via insulin-induced suppression of the glucagon secretion.
In particular, when two members of the PAX gene family, PAX 4 and PAX6, are absent, pancreatic insulin secreting beta-cells and glucagon secreting alpha-cells cannot be formed.