Ultrastructural diversity in chiropteran salivary glands

  • Bernard Tandler
  • Carleton J. Phillips
  • Toshikazu Nagato
  • Kuniaki Toyoshima
Part of the Electron Microscopy in Biology and Medicine book series (EMBM, volume 6)


Mammalian salivary glands, which producea huge variety of glycoproteins and mucosubstances, as well as engaging in intense transportof electrolytes, have an obvious appeal for morphologists, physiologists, and biochemists. Despite the versatility of these organs, studies onsalivary glands have been restricted largely toa few commonly available laboratory animals.Comparative studies, though still relativelysparse, have shown that salivary gland histologyis generally similar throughout the class Mammalia, but that both the acinar and duct cellsexhibit considerable ultrastructural variationbetween species [1–3]. To illustrate this morphological variability, the present chapter surveysultrastructural aspects of the parotid, submandibular, and accessory submandibular salivaryglands in bats, order Chiroptera.


Salivary Gland Acinar Cell Parotid Gland Secretory Granule Submandibular Gland 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Tandler
    • 1
  • Carleton J. Phillips
  • Toshikazu Nagato
  • Kuniaki Toyoshima
  1. 1.School of DentistryCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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