Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary We compare the ultrastructure of the gerbil sublingual gland as seen after cryofixation followed by substitution with osmium tetroxide, with the more familiar appearance of material processed by glutaraldehyde-osmium chemical fixation. After primary cryofixation of fresh salivary glands, the nuclei of the mucous cells are found to be spherical in shape and, rather than being displaced toward the cell base, occupy a nearly central position in the cytoplasm, even in the storage phase of the secretory cycle. The mucous secretory granules are seen as membrane-limited inclusions, only rarely partially fused to each other. In both mucous and serous cells the Golgi cisterns have numerous large fenestrae which are aligned to form cytoplasmic channels which extend across the stack.
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