Fine structure of the parotid gland in tree shrew (Tupaia glis)

Exp Anim. 1995 Oct;44(4):267-73. doi: 10.1538/expanim.44.267.


The parotid glands of Tupaia glis were examined by light and transmission electron microscopy. The acinar cells were seromucous in nature, and contained many acidophilic granules with strong affinity for periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) and weak affinity for alcian blue (AB). These granules consisted of a fine granular matrix of moderate density in which a denser corpuscles or semilunar materials were present. Intercalated duct cells had a few fine vesicles, vacuoles and very few dense granules in the apical region. In occasional epithelial cells, acidophilic, PAS-positive and AB-negative bodies with moderate density were observed in the supranuclear region. The striated ducts consisted of columnar light and dark cells containing round or small ovoid granules of moderate density and did not show the granular duct as seen in the parotid glands of kobe mole and tenrec which are placed in the order insectivora.

MeSH terms

  • Alcian Blue
  • Animals
  • Cell Nucleus / ultrastructure
  • Coloring Agents
  • Cytoplasm / ultrastructure
  • Cytoplasmic Granules / ultrastructure
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum, Rough / ultrastructure
  • Epithelium / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Golgi Apparatus / ultrastructure
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Parotid Gland / ultrastructure*
  • Periodic Acid-Schiff Reaction
  • Tupaiidae / anatomy & histology*
  • Vacuoles / ultrastructure


  • Coloring Agents
  • Alcian Blue