Membrane stretch and salivary glands - facts and theories.


Cell shape in salivary glands is affected by mechanical forces. In the acini and ducts cell shape is modified by the contractions of the myoepithelial cells in both the secretory and ductal portions of the glands. At the organ level shape changes are due to muscle contraction during mastication, food intake and speech. All these factors may cause some… (More)


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