Gastric Neuroendocrine Neoplasia

  • Irvin M. Modlin
  • Mark Kidd
  • Maximillian V. Malfertheiner
  • Bjorn I. Gustafsson


The enterochromaffin-like (ECL) cell is the best-characterized neuroendocrine cell in the gastric mucosa1 and constitutes one type of at least seven different neuroendocrine cell types (approximately 1%–2% of total mucosal cells) that comprise the fundic mucosa. The ECL cell, however, is the predominant endocrine cell population of the gastric fundus and accounts for approximately 35%–65% of the gastric endocrine cell mass 2 (Figure 7.1). The ECL cell is a pivotal regulator of acid secretion via a mechanism that involves its activation by circulating gastrin produced by antral G cells. Activation of the ECL CCK2R elicits the release of histamine which acts in a paracrine manner to initiate parietal cell secretion of protons into the gastric lumen (Figure 7.2). 3, 4Low acid states engendered by acid suppression or loss of parietal cell mass (atrophic or autoimmune gastritis) results in diminution of acid secretion, elevated luminal pH, activation of antral G cells,...


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  • Irvin M. Modlin
    • 1
  • Mark Kidd
    • 1
  • Maximillian V. Malfertheiner
    • 2
  • Bjorn I. Gustafsson
    • 3
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.GI Surgical Pathobiology Research GroupYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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