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Salivary glands


Reviewer: Fatima Aly, M.D., National Institutes of Health (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 1 August 2010, last major update August 2010
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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

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