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But studies have established that fat cells can secrete certain hormones and other substances much like other organs in the body.
Pituitary adenomas are classified as either secreting (secrete hormones) or nonsecreting (do not secrete hormones).
Fat secretes a lot of different substances--it's not an inert tissue," says Conney.
The rise in blood sugar after a meal stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin, a hormone that enables the sugar to enter muscle and fat cells, where it is stored or burned for energy.
For instance, a tumor that secretes prolactin is called prolactinoma.
The pancreas gland, located behind the stomach, releases digestive juices into the intestines and secretes key hormones into the bloodstream.
John Smit, the researchers adapted the system that secretes this protein, which self-assembles into a structure called the "S-layer", to secrete instead many proteins that are useful for vaccines and other therapeutic purposes.
A person's gut normally secretes the hormone during and after a meal.
The female Orb Weaver produces the silk in her Pyriformes gland, a cluster of cells that secretes silk-building proteins.
looked to Flavobacterium johnsoniae, a bacterial species that secretes a viscous, sticky polymer that forms what's called a biofilm.