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From greek krinein - to separate
German: autokrin

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 the secreting cell itself.

Autocrine action is a special case of paracrine secretion.


Tissue hormones and cytokines have autocrine effects, alike some classical hormones like insulin or TSH. In the consequence typical control patterns like ultra-short feedback are formed.

Related secretion modes are

Endocrinology is the science and clinical speciality of endocrine, and in a broader sense of paracrine and autocrine secretion.

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