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any small compartment

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The researchers found that some of the insulin-producing cells also made glucagon, a hormone that is normally made by alpha cells.
In the past three months, the Powers group at Vanderbilt, in four separate papers, has reported important findings about the "microenvironment" of the insulin-secreting beta cells and glucagon-secreting alpha cells, which are among four types of cells clustered in "islets" in the pancreas.
This was due to restoration in the damaged pancreas of the balance between insulin-producing beta cells, which reduce blood glucose, and glucagon-producing alpha cells, which increase blood glucose.
works by stimulating the beta cells to release insulin and suppressing glucagon secretion from the alpha cells only when blood sugar levels are high.
Our study shows that neighboring cells called alpha cells can behave like adversaries for beta cells.
Two important cells in the pancreas are the alpha cells, which secrete a hormone called glucagon, and the beta cells which secrete insulin.
While the alpha cells of the pancreas that produce glucagon are not destroyed in people with type 1 diabetes, the cells no longer release glucagon in response to low blood sugar.
These findings create a unique platform for new therapeutic options that improve pancreatic islet function, both short and long term, including insulin secretion by the beta cells and glucagon secretion by the alpha cells.