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TitleUltrastructure of the Extraparietal Glands of the Digestive Tract [electronic resource] / edited by Alessandro Riva, Pietro M. Motta, Francesca Testa Riva
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1990
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This volume, the sixth of the series, represents the natural counterpart of the previous volume, Ultraยญ structure of the Digestive Tract. Unlike the latter, however, whose contents fell entirely within the domains of gastroenterology, Ultrastructure of the Extraparietal Glands of the Digestive Tract encomยญ passes a few cognate sciences, such as hepatology, pancreatology, and even oral biology, which are usually dealt with separately. This allows, starting from cell biology, embryology, and comparative anatomy, a comprehensive survey of organs that have much in common both structurally and functionally. The chapters of this book have been compiled by well-known experts in the field with the aim not only of reviewing and pointing out the state of the art of the subject covered, but also of giving directions for future work. Furthermore, through the integration of electron microscopy with immunocytochemistry, autoradiography, freeze fracture, maceration, enzymatic digestion, etc., and by providing superb illusยญ trative material, the authors substantiate the pivotal role played by modern morphology in underยญ standing human physiology and pathology. In fact, it must be stressed, that a consistent part of the tissues studied here are from human origin. We believe that this volume should be read, not only by scientists and teachers active in the field, but also by a larger audience of students and professionals interested in knowing the scientific foundations of biomedicine


1. The secretory process of salivary glands and pancreas -- 2. Intercellular junctions in salivary glands -- 3. Ultrastructural diversity in chiropteran salivary glands -- 4. Normal human salivary glands -- 5. Recent contributions of electron microscopy to salivary gland pathology -- 6. Development and comparative aspects of the pancreas -- 7. The human exocrine pancreas in health and disease -- 8. Three-dimensional features of pancreatic cells -- 9. Cytochemical access to plasma and intracellular membranes of freeze-fractured hepatocytes and salivary gland cells -- 10. The structural basis of mammalian liver function -- 11. Ultrastructural approach to liver pathology -- 12. The human gallbladder -- 13. Microvascularization of the extraparietal glands of the alimentary canal

Medicine Human anatomy Gastroenterology Medicine & Public Health Anatomy Gastroenterology


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