Parotid Gland – confocal

The parotid gland is a salivary gland in humans. It is one of a pair, and the largest of the salivary glands. It is wrapped around the mandibular ramus, and secretes saliva through Stensen’s ducts into the oral cavity, to facilitatemastication and swallowing and to begin the digestion of starches.

Some rights reserved by Carl Zeiss Microscopy.   Image by Sarah Knox, NIDCR. Imaging system: LSM 710

“Fluorescence confocal image of of human parotid using fluorophores Cy3 (neurotubulin), Cy2 (perlecan basement membrane), Hoechst (nuclei). Acinar units produce saliva.”

Link to wikipedia “Confocal microscopy” entry

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