Hormonal control of pancreatic growth during fetal, neonatal and adult life

Adv Med Sci. 2008;53(2):99-118. doi: 10.2478/v10039-008-0029-5.


This review article has for major objective to summarize the old and latest developments on the hormonal controls of pancreatic growth. The article deals with hormonal controls during the fetal, neonatal and adult periods of pancreas development, growth and regeneration. During the fetal period, comparisons were made between studies performed with pancreatic explants and those designed in vivo. After birth, the effects of glucocorticoids, thyroxine, gastrin, bombesin, secretin, cholecystokinin alone or with secretin are reported. In the adults, similar studies were reported on hormones with addition of the effects of neuropeptides, the cell types targeted by hormones and the hormonal control after pancreatectomy and pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fetal Development / physiology
  • Hormones / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pancreas / embryology*
  • Pancreas / growth & development*
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Regeneration / physiology


  • Hormones