Peptidergic System of the Gastrointestinal Tract

  • R. Håkanson
  • F. Sundler
Part of the Verhandlungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für innere Medizin book series (VDGINNERE, volume 85)


The last few years have witnessed an unprecedented information explosion in the field of gut hormones. New peptide hormone candidates have been discovered with regular and rather short intervals and immunohistochemists have lost no time in identifying their cells of origin. An intriguing picture is beginning to emerge. Many gut hormones and candidate hormones have been recognized as neuropeptides, both in the periphery and in the brain. Conversely, several brain peptides have been demonstrated in nerves and/or in endocrine cells of the gut. The distinction between endocrine cells and nerve cells is becoming increasingly vague.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Håkanson
    • 1
  • F. Sundler
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PharmacologyUniv. of LundSweden
  2. 2.Dept. of HistologyUniv. of LundSweden

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