Dynamics of parenchymal cell division, differentiation, and apoptosis in the young adult female mouse submandibular gland

Anat Rec. 1999 Mar;254(3):408-17. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-0185(19990301)254:3<408::AID-AR12>3.0.CO;2-G.

Abstract

The submandibular salivary gland of the young adult female mouse has two secretory cell types, acinar and granular duct, which are separated by intercalated ducts. Based on the occurrence of autologous cell division in these cells, they have been traditionally classified as expanding populations. However, differentiation from stem or progenitor cells in the intercalated ducts, usually associated with renewing populations, has also been detected. The question of renewing or expanding populations is resolved by quantitating and integrating the rates of autologous cell division, differentiation, and apoptosis for each cell type. The integrated data shows that both acinar and granular duct cell populations exhibit a substantial positive growth index, whereas the growth index for the intercalated duct cells is moderately negative. On balance, it suggests that the submandibular gland of the young adult female mouse is still growing. Comparison of young female mice with older females suggests that, although overall parenchymal growth slows with age, there is no longer a net loss of intercalated duct cells. Comparison with young adult male submandibular glands indicates that gender differences exist in the rates and mechanisms used for maintaining the different cell populations. The acinar and granular duct cell populations in young adult female mouse submandibular glands are expanding at the expense of the intercalated duct cell population, which appears to be contracting.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Apoptosis / physiology*
  • Cell Count
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology*
  • Cell Division / physiology*
  • DNA Replication
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Submandibular Gland / cytology*