Acta Biologica Hungarica

, Volume 62, Issue 4, pp 376–387 | Cite as

Morphological and Histochemical Investigations of Esophagogastric Tract of a Lizard, Laudakia stellio (Agamidae, Linnaeus 1758)

  • Yücel Başımoğlu KocaEmail author
  • Beyhan Gürcü


Histological structures of esophagus and stomach tissue samples of Lacerta stellio have been studied, and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) distribution has been histochemically determined. Histologically, esophagus and stomach of L. stellio are composed of four layers: mucosa, submucosa, muscularis mucosae and serosa. Mucosa of esophagus is covered by simple columnar ciliated epithelium with many mucous secreting goblet cells and contains branched tubular glands.

Stomach of L. stellio is composed of fundus (oral and aboral) and pylorus regions. Mucosa is covered by columnar epithelium. Fundic glands are branched tubular glands while pyloric glands are usually simple tubular glands. In both regions of the stomach, glands are subdivided into three areas as base, neck and isthmus. Both in the esophagus and stomach, muscular layer is in the form of smooth muscle having inner circular and outer longitudinal layers.

According to the results obtained by Alcian Blue (pH 5.8)/Periodic Acid Schiff staining, stomach is similar to esophagus in that neutral mucins and hyaluronic acid (HA) are dominant in isthmus and neck regions of gland tissue of stomach. In the base of the stomach, only neutral mucins have been observed. HA has been observed to be dominant in all other regions of both stomach and esophagus, along with some but not much sulphated GAGs.


Histology histochemistry esophagus stomach L. stellio 


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  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences and ArtAdnan Menderes UniversityAydinTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences and ArtCelal Bayar UniversityManisaTurkey

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