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● Formed by acinar cells
● High in amylase if secreted by serous glands
● High in sialomucin (neutral and acid) if secreted by mucous glands
● Saliva may be used for diagnostic testing, because it is composed of various molecules that are filtered, processed and secreted from the vasculature that nourish the salivary glands (Am J Dent 2009;22:241)
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Mechanism of molecular transport from serum into salivary gland ducts
End of Salivary glands > Saliva
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