The Histochemical Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp 649–664 | Cite as

Salivary glands of the cat: A histochemical study

  • J. D. Harrison


The submandibular, sublingual and parotid glands of the cat have been studied. Mucosubstance histochemistry demonstrated acidic mucosubstances with varying properties in the acini. Thiamine pyrophosphatase and nucleoside diphosphatase reaction products were seen with a Golgi-like appearance in acinar cells. Granules of acid phosphatase, β-glucuronidase and E600-resistant esterase reaction products, presumably representing lysosomal enzyme activities, were seen in acinar and ductal cells. Diffuse acid phosphatase and β-glucuronidase reaction products were seen in central cells of the submandibular acini, and diffuse non-specific esterase reaction product was seen in acinar and ductal cells. Arylamidase reaction product was associated with some acinar cells. Reaction product from a peroxidase technique was seen in demilunar cells of the submandibular acini, in parts of the sublingual acini, in parotid acini, and in ductal cells. Cytochrome oxidase and succinate dehydrogenase reaction products were seen most strongly in striated ducts, whereas NADH- and NADPH-diaphorase reaction products were seen at a high level throughout the ducts.


NADH Nucleoside Thiamine Acid Phosphatase Acinar Cell 
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  • J. D. Harrison
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  1. 1.Department of Oral PathologyKing's College Hospital Dental SchoolLondonUK

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