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Ultrastructure of Human labial salivary glands

II. Intranuclear inclusions in the acinar secretory cells

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Human labial salivary glands, obtained by biopsy from 32 subjects, were studied by light and electron microscopy. Intranuclear inclusions, unrelated to nucleoli, were present in many of the acinar nuclei in glands from 16 of the 32 donors. More than one inclusion was sometimes observed within a single nucleus. They measured about 1 μ in diameter, and were stainable in a variety of ways. They were eosinophilic, some were stained by Nile blue sulphate, some were PAS-positive, and all were Feulgen-negative. They were bounded by a single membrane, which never exhibited continuity with the nuclear envelope, and they showed considerable morphological variation. The more complex inclusions consisted of alternating shells of light and dark material with tiny dense granules embedded in the latter. The intranuclear inclusions, which apparently were non-viral in origin, were in some way related to the secretory cycle of the mucous cells, since they were found only in immature cells, and never in cells in which secretory products were abundant.

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This work was supported in part by grants from the Henry Spenadel Trust and the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation of Nevada, by grant CA-08748 from the National Cancer Institute, by grant 5 SO1 FR 05335-07 from the National Institutes of Health, by a grant from the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation, and by an Institutional Grant to the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Columbia University, from the National Institutes of Health.

The authors are indebted to Dr.Louis Mandel for performing the biopsies used in this study. The expert technical assistance of Mrs.Mona Seggio is acknowledged.

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Tandler, B., Denning, C.R., Mandel, I.D. et al. Ultrastructure of Human labial salivary glands. Z.Zellforsch 94, 555–564 (1969). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00936061

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  • Sulphate
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Salivary Gland
  • Complex Inclusion
  • Morphological Variation