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enterochromaffin cell


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Neuroendocrine cells (Kulchitsky cells, EC cells) that produce and store the majority of the body's serotonin. Most are found in the epithelial lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Enterochromaffin-like cells synthesize and secrete histamine in response to stimulation by the hormones gastrin and pituitary adenylyl cyclase-activating peptide but do not produce serotonin. Most are located in the gastric mucosa, particularly in the acid-secreting regions of the stomach.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Chemistry.


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