The inhibitory pathways of pancreatic ductal bicarbonate secretion

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

13 Citations (Scopus)


Pancreatic duct cells secrete the HCO3- ions found in pancreatic juice. While the regulatory pathways that stimulate pancreatic ductal HCO3- secretion are well described, little is known about inhibitory pathways, apart from the fact that they exist. Nevertheless, such inhibitory pathways may be physiologically important in terms of limiting the hydrostatic pressure within the lumen of the duct, and in terms switching off pancreatic secretion after a meal. Methionine encephalin, insulin, somatostatin, peptide YY, substance P, basolaterally applied adenosine triphosphate, arginine vasopressin, 5-hydroxytryptamine and epidermal growth factor have all been shown to inhibit fluid and/or HCO3- secretion from pancreatic ducts. Importantly, most of these inhibitors have been shown to reduce secretion in isolated pancreatic ducts, so they must act directly on the ductal epithelium. This brief review provides an overview of our current knowledge of the inhibitors, and inhibitory pathways of pancreatic ductal secretion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2007



  • Bicarbonate secretion
  • Inhibitory pathways
  • Pancreatic duct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

Cite this