Embryology, Histology, and Ultrastructure of the Exocrine Pancreas
The primary function of the exocrine pancreas is the synthesis and secretion of digestive enzymes necessary to assimilate ingested food. Digestive enzymes are synthesized in acinar cells and stored within the cells as zymogen granules. A second function of the exocrine pancreas, which may be no less important, is the maintenance of homeostasis within the intestinal lumen by secretion of fluid containing very high levels of bicarbonate.
KeywordsAcinar Cell Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum Exocrine Pancreas Junctional Complex Zymogen Granule
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