The greater omentum as a site for pancreatic islet transplantation

CellR4 2017; 5 (3): e2410

  Topic: Islet transplantation     Category:

Abstract

The greater omentum is a highly vascularized anatomical structure in the peritoneal cavity. Its main components are connective, adipose and vascular cells, along with specialized immune cells. The omentum functions as a site for fat accumulation, it has adhesive properties to control traumatized and inflamed tissues, and a function in local hemostasis, immune responses, and revascularization. Other functions include the absorption of fluids, the phagocytosis of particulate matter, and foreign body reaction. The omentum is catalyzing significant interest for its potential as a site for pancreatic islet and cell transplantation. Our knowledge about this structure, its functions, and its potential as a site for transplantation is poised to grow in the coming years.

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The greater omentum as a site for pancreatic islet transplantation

CellR4 2017; 5 (3): e2410

Publication History

Submission date: 15 May 2017

Revised on: 24 May 2017

Accepted on: 27 Jun 2017

Published online: 20 Jun 2017