From greek krinein - to separate
The term paracrine refers to a secretion mode of glandular cells, where their products are delivered to interstitium of their proximate environment before they act back to neighbouring cells and in some cases the secreting cell itself. Autocrine action is this latter special case of paracrine secretion.
Related secretion modes are
Endocrinology is the science and clinical speciality of endocrine, and in a broader sense of paracrine and autocrine secretion.
To comment on this article, please login..