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Salivary Glands

Major glands
Parotid: so-called watery serous saliva rich in amylase, proline-rich proteins
Stensons duct

Submandibular gland: more mucinous


Whartons duct

Sublingual: viscous saliva


ducts of Rivinus; duct of Bartholin

Minor glands
Minor salivary glands are not found within gingiva and anterior part of the hard palate Serous minor glands=von Ebner below the sulci of the circumvallate and folliate papillae of the tongue Glands of Blandin-Nuhn: ventral tongue Palatine, glossopalatine glands are pure mucus Weber glands

Functions
Protection
lubricant (glycoprotein) barrier against noxious stimuli; microbial toxins and minor traumas washing non-adherent and acellular debris formation of salivary pellicle
calcium-binding proteins: tooth protection; plaque

Functions
Buffering (phosphate ions and bicarbonate)
bacteria require specific pH conditions plaque microorganisms produce acids from sugars

Functions
Digestion
neutralizes esophageal contents dilutes gastric chyme forms food bolus brakes starch

Functions
Antimicrobial
lysozyme hydrolyzes cell walls of some bacteria lactoferrin binds free iron and deprives bacteria of this essential element IgA agglutinates microorganisms

Functions
Maintenance of tooth integrity
calcium and phosphate ions
ionic exchange with tooth surface

Functions
Tissue repair
bleeding time of oral tissues shorter than other tissues resulting clot less solid than normal remineralization

Functions
Taste
solubilizing of food substances that can be sensed by receptors trophic effect on receptors

Embryonic development
The parotid: ectoderm (4-6 weeks of embryonic life) The sublingual-submandibular glands: endoderm The submandibular gland around the 6th week The sublingual and the minor glands develop around the 8-12 week Differentiation of the ectomesenchyme Development of fibrous capsule Formation of septa that divide the gland into lobes and lobules

Serous cells
Seromucus cells=secrete also polysaccharides They have all the features of a cell specialized for the synthesis, storage, and secretion of protein
Rough endoplasmic reticulum (ribosomal sites->cisternae) Prominent Golgi-->carbohydrate moieties are added Secretory granules-->exocytosis

Serous cells
The secretory process is continuous but cyclic There are complex foldings of cytoplasmic membrane The junctional complex consists of:
Tight junctions (zonula occludens)-->fusion of outer cell layer Intermediate junction (zonula adherens)-->intercellular communication Desmosomes-->firm adhesion

Mucous cells
Production, storage, and secretion of proteinaceous material; smaller enzymatic component -more carbohydrates-->mucins=more prominent Golgi -less prominent (conspicuous) rough endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria -less interdigitations

Formation and Secretion of Saliva


Primary saliva
Serous and mucous cells Intercalated ducts

Modified saliva
Striated and terminal ducts End product is hypotonic

Macromolecular component
Synthesis of proteins RER, Golgi apparatus Ribosomes RER posttranslational modification (N- & O-linked glycosylation) Golgi apparatus Secretory granules Exocytosis Endocytosis of the granule membrane

Fluid and Electrolytes


Parasympathetic innervation Binding of acetylcholine to muscarinic receptors
Activation of phospholipase IP3 release of Ca2+ opening of channels K+, Cl- Na+ in K+ and Cl- in Also another electrolyte transport mechanism through HCO3-

Noepinephrine via alpha-adrenergic receptors


Substance P activates the Ca2+

Myoepithelial cells
One, two or even three myoepithelial cells in each salivary and piece body Four to eight processes Desmosomes between myoepithelial cells and secretory cells Myofilaments frequently aggregated to form dark bodies along the course of the process

Myoepithelial cells
The myoepithelial cells of the intercalated ducts are more spindled-shaped and fewer processes Ultrastructurally very similar to that of smooth muscle cells Functions of myoepithelial cells
Support secretory cells Contract and widen the diameter of the intercalated ducts Contraction may aid in the rupture of acinar cells of epithelial origin

Intercalated Ducts
Small diameter Lined by small cuboidal cells Nucleus located in the center Well-developed RER, Golgi apparatus, occasionally secretory granules, few microvilli Myoepithelial cells are also present Intercalated ducts are prominent in salivary glands having a watery secretion (parotid).

Striated Ducts
Columnar cells Centrally located nucleus Eosinophilic cytoplasm Prominenty striations
Indentations of the cytoplasmic membrane with many mitochondria present between the folds

Some RER and some Golgi, short microvilli Modify the secretion
Hypotonic solution=low sodium and chloride and high potassium

Basal cells

Terminal excretory ducts


Near the striated ducts they have the same histology as the striated ducts As the duct reaches the oral mucosa the lining becomes stratified Goblet cells, basal cells, clear cells. Alter the electrolyte concentration and add mucoid substance.

Ductal modification
Autonomic nervous system Striated and terminal ducts Modofication via reabsorption and secretion of electrolytes Final product is hypotonic Rate of salivary flow
High: Sodium and chlorine up; potassium down

Connective tissue
Fibroblasts Inflammatory cells Mast cells Adipose cells Extracellular matrix
Glycoproteins and proteoglycans

Collagen and oxytalan fibers Blood supply

Nerve supply
No direct inhibitory innervation Parasympathetic and sympathetic impulses Parasympathetic are more prevalent. Parasympathetic impulses may occur in isolation, evoke most of the fluid to be excreted, cause exocytosis, induce contraction of myoepithelial cells (sympathetic too) and cause vasodilatation.

Nerve supply
There are two types of innervation: Epilemmal and hypolemmal beta-adrenergic receptors that induce protein secretion L-adrenergic and cholinergic receptors that induce water and electrolyte secretion

Hormones can influence the function of the salivary glands. They modify the salivary content but cannot iniate salivary flow.

Age changes
Fibrosis and fatty degenerative changes Presence of oncocytes (eosinophilic cells containing many mitochondria)

Clinical Considerations
Obstruction Role of drugs Systemic disorders Bacterial or viral infections Therapeutic radiation Formation of plaque and calculus