Cell and molecular biology of human lacrimal gland and nasolacrimal duct mucins.

@article{Paulsen2006CellAM,
  title={Cell and molecular biology of human lacrimal gland and nasolacrimal duct mucins.},
  author={Friedrich Paulsen},
  journal={International review of cytology},
  year={2006},
  volume={249},
  pages={229-79}
}
The old concept that the lacrimal gland is only a serous gland has been superseded by the finding that lacrimal acinar cells are able to produce mucins--high-molecular-weight proteins--the major mass being carbohydrates with the common feature of tandem repeats of amino acids rich in serine, threonine, and proline in the central domain of the mucin core peptide. At the ocular surface, maintenance of the tear film, lubrication, and provision of a pathogen barrier on the epithelia, conjunctiva… CONTINUE READING
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