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Human salivary gland glycoconjugates: a lectin histochemical study

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The glycoconjugate content of normal salivary glands has been extensively investigated in humans by biochemical means and in non-human mammals by histochemical methods. However, there have been few histochemical studies of human tissues. This paper describes the findings obtained in parotid, submandibular and minor salivary glands by applying a panel of 13 biotinylated lectins, directed against a range ofn-linked, fucosylated and galactosylated sequences, using an avidin-peroxidase technique, with appropriate enzymatic and inhibitory sugar controls. The results were generally in accord with those observed in biochemical assays but the use of lectin histochemistry permitted the localizationin situ of small amounts of oligosaccharide and, therefore, allowed the recognition of subtle tissue differences. This study expands the current knowledge on the glycoconjugate composition of salivary glands and their lectin histochemistry and serves as a baseline for further studies, particularly in the field of neoplasia.

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McMahon, R.F.T., Benbow, E.W., Lofthouse, A.K. et al. Human salivary gland glycoconjugates: a lectin histochemical study. Histochem J 21, 663–674 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01002487

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  • Sugar
  • Salivary Gland
  • Oligosaccharide
  • Human Tissue
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