, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 327–335 | Cite as

Histochemical findings in the rat gastric mucosa during starvation

  • M. Zaviačič
  • M. Brozman


The influence of starving on the activity of enzymes of the rat gastric mucosa was investigated by selected histochemical methods. Beside the conventional methods of enzymatic histochemistry the technique of semipermeable membranes was used in the proof of lysosomal enzymes. Dehydrogenases were proved in aqueous and also in gel media with PMS.

During the starvation in the parietal cells a marked increase took place in the activity of acid phosphatase, E-600 resistant esterase, less in β-glucuronidase. High activity of the lysosomal enzymes in macrophages did not change during starvation. Nor did any changes took place in the activity of alkaline phosphatase in the endothelium of the capillaries. The chief cells in the control and starving animals, in contrast to the human gastric mucosa, did not contain any non-specific esterase. Concerning dehydrogenase, parietal cells with a different activity of these enzymes were observed both in starved and control animals.

In the rat gastric mucosa starving induced changes in the activity of the enzymes which mark important organelles of the cells. Thus it is possible to consider the observed histochemical changes as a functional manifestation of morphological damage of cellular structures which are affected during starvation.


Gastric Mucosa Acid Phosphatase Parietal Cell Lysosomal Enzyme Chief Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Zaviačič
    • 1
  • M. Brozman
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Pathology, Medical SchoolKomenský University BratislavaBratislavaCzechoslovakia

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