Beaker cell

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Guido Gerken

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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(e) goblet cell; Goblet cell

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Jabkob Henle, 1837

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The goblet cell is a unicellular, cup-shaped, mucus-producing gland that lies within an epithelial layer. It is found in the epithelia of the respiratory tract and intestine. In the bronchi, goblet cells make up about 10% of the epithelial cells.

In the intestine, goblet cells are located between the cells of the cylindrical villous epithelium of the small and large intestine. They increase in number towards the anus.

Goblet cells are considered to be the prototype of mucosal gland cells and are responsible for the formation of mucins, the structure-giving components of mucus.


Last updated on: 29.10.2020