what is the role of pancreas in digestion

Asked by  | 28th Mar, 2009, 11:53: AM

Expert Answer:

The pancreas plays an important role in the digestive and endocrine system of humans. The exocrine pancreas produces digestive enzymes and an alkaline fluid, and secretes them into the small intestine through a system of exocrine. Digestive enzymes include trypsin, chymotrypsin, pancreatic lipase, and pancreatic amylase, and are produced and secreted by acinar cells of the exocrine pancreas. These enzymes help in the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Epithelial cells in pancreatic ducts are the source of the bicarbonate and water secreted by the pancreas. Bicarbonate is a base and critical to neutralizing the acid coming into the small intestine from the stomach.

Answered by  | 30th Mar, 2009, 05:24: PM

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