Centroacinar cells are spindle-shaped cells in the exocrine pancreas. They represent an extension of the intercalated duct into each pancreatic acinus. These cells are commonly known as duct cells, and secrete an aqueous bicarbonate solution under stimulation by the hormone secretin. They also secrete mucin.
|Anatomical terms of microanatomy|
The intercalated ducts take the bicarbonate to intralobular ducts which become lobular ducts. These lobular ducts finally converge to form the main pancreatic duct.
- Wendy Lackey M.A. (February 2011). "lectures ession 12". Oral Cavity and Upper GI tract (coursepack from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine). p. 327.
- Anatomy Atlases - Microscopic Anatomy, plate 10.213 - "Pancreas"
- Histology image: 10406loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University - "Liver, Gall Bladder, and Pancreas: pancreas, centroacinar cells"
- UIUC Histology Subject 870