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Title: Comparison of ultrastructure and lectin histochemistry on the anterior medial gland of nasal septum in rat and gerbil
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Murcia : F. Hernández
ISSN: 0213-3911
Related subjects: 576 - Biología celular y subcelular. Citología
Keywords: Ultrastructure
Abstract: The anterior medial gland (AMG), located in the submucosa of rodent nasal septum, is suggested to provide fluid for humidification of inspired air. Tremendous variation of the environmental air humidity, on which rats and gerbils depend to live, leads us to expect a multiplicity on ultrastructure and various subcellular glycoconjugate distribution within the AMG acinar cells between these two species. Electron microscopy revealed that: (1) The nucleus of AMG acinar cells in rat was irregular-shaped, but that in gerbil was round or elliptical; (2) Secretory granules in rat AMG acinar cells contained homogenous content with various electron density. However, two types of secretory granules in gerbil AMG acinar cells were found: one with lamellated-structure and high electron density, while the others had particulate materials; (3) Myoepithelial cells were present in the acinus of medial and posterior regions in rat AMG, but absent in gerbil; and (4) Nerve terminals were present only in the medial and posterior rat AMG, but in all three regions of the gerbil AMG. Lectin histochemistry demonstrated that: (1) Rat and gerbil AMG acinar cells expressed strong affinity toward Con A and WGA, but neither showed any reactivity toward UEA and PNA; and (2) Varying degrees of reactivity toward different lectins, including DBA, PNA, SBA and EBL, were recognized in rat and gerbil AMG acinar cells. We confirm the species variation on the ultrastructure and lectin histochemistry of AMG in rats and gerbils, and speculate that these variations may be due to the different living environment.
Primary author: Chang, Chi-Fen
Chau, Yat-Pang
Lu, Kuo-Shyan
Published in: Histology and histopathology
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 12
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol.25,nº10 (2010)

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