An immunohistochemical study of the endocrine pancreas in raptors

Palmieri, C. and Shivaprasad, H. L. (2014) An immunohistochemical study of the endocrine pancreas in raptors. Research in Veterinary Science, 97 3: 587-591. doi:10.1016/j.rvsc.2014.10.011

Author Palmieri, C.
Shivaprasad, H. L.
Title An immunohistochemical study of the endocrine pancreas in raptors
Journal name Research in Veterinary Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-2661
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rvsc.2014.10.011
Volume 97
Issue 3
Start page 587
End page 591
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract The cytoarchitecture of the endocrine pancreas of 10 raptors (golden eagles, peregrine falcons, Saker falcon, turkey vultures, red-tailed hawk and unspecified falcon) was examined by immunohistochemistry. Three islet types were identified: type A mixed islets composed mainly by glucagon (A)-secreting cells, type B mixed islets with predominantly insulin (B)-secreting cell component and type M mixed islets (type M) consisting of variable number of glucagon-, insulin- and somatostatin (D)-secreting cells. The latter were further characterized into Type I, II or III according to the cell distribution of the three cell types. A and D cells were also randomly scattered within the exocrine pancreas. The results of this study suggest that the classical concept in birds of a segregation of A and B cells in well-defined and distinct islets is not applicable in raptors, reflecting an evolutionary adaptation to different dietary habits and variation in developmental mechanisms.
Keyword Avian
Endocrine pancreas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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