Bile ducts as a source of pancreatic beta cells

Z D Burke, C N Shen, D Tosh

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In recent years, there have been a number of well-documented examples demonstrating that one cell type can be converted to another. Two such examples are the appearance of ectopic pancreas in the liver and formation of hepatic tissue in the pancreas. The conversion of liver to pancreas raises the intriguing possibility of generating insulin-producing beta cells for therapeutic transplantation into diabetics. There is now a striking addition to the growing list of pancreatic conversions: the formation of pancreatic tissue in the developing biliary system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-937
Number of pages6
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004


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