By SEM we have investigated the human minor salivary glands using the NaOH method for the visualization of endpieces and myoepithelial cells, and the osmium maceration technique that reveals membranous intracellular structures. With the former method all minor glands, including the posterior deep (Ebner's) lingual glands, consist of tubules sometimes dilated into alveoli, while true acini of the kind observed in human major salivary glands, are absent. Tubules of the posterior deep lingual gland exhibit stellate myoepitelial cells that leave a substantial part of the secretory cells uncovered. The latter cells, at variance with serous cells of major glands, do not show basal folds. In contrast, tubules of the other minor glands, like the mucous ones of major glands, are covered almost completely by band-like myoepithelial cells. The osmium maceration method clearly demonstrates that posterior deep lingual glands are serous in character and that all the other minor glands, together with the predominant mucous cells, possess a variable number of seromucous cells that, despite variations among individuals, increase in order from palatine and posterior superficial lingual (Weber's), to minor sublingual, labial, anterior lingual (Blandin and Nuhn's), and buccal glands.

A high resolution SEM study of human minor salivary glands

PUXEDDU, ROBERTO;LOY, FRANCESCO;
2000

Abstract

By SEM we have investigated the human minor salivary glands using the NaOH method for the visualization of endpieces and myoepithelial cells, and the osmium maceration technique that reveals membranous intracellular structures. With the former method all minor glands, including the posterior deep (Ebner's) lingual glands, consist of tubules sometimes dilated into alveoli, while true acini of the kind observed in human major salivary glands, are absent. Tubules of the posterior deep lingual gland exhibit stellate myoepitelial cells that leave a substantial part of the secretory cells uncovered. The latter cells, at variance with serous cells of major glands, do not show basal folds. In contrast, tubules of the other minor glands, like the mucous ones of major glands, are covered almost completely by band-like myoepithelial cells. The osmium maceration method clearly demonstrates that posterior deep lingual glands are serous in character and that all the other minor glands, together with the predominant mucous cells, possess a variable number of seromucous cells that, despite variations among individuals, increase in order from palatine and posterior superficial lingual (Weber's), to minor sublingual, labial, anterior lingual (Blandin and Nuhn's), and buccal glands.
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