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Stoeckelhuber, Mechthild; Loeffelbein, Denys J.; Olzowy, Bernhard; Schmitz, Christoph; Koerdt, Steffen and Kesting, Marco R. (2016): Labial Salivary Glands in Infants: Histochemical Analysis of Cytoskeletal and Antimicrobial Proteins. In: Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry, Vol. 64, No. 8: pp. 502-510 [PDF, 986kB]


Human labial glands secrete mucous and serous substances for maintaining oral health. The normal microbial flora of the oral cavity is regulated by the acquired and innate immune systems. The localization and distribution of proteins of the innate immune system were investigated in serous acinar cells and the ductal system by the method of immunohistochemistry. Numerous antimicrobial proteins could be detected in the labial glands: -defensin-1, -2, -3;lysozyme;lactoferrin;and cathelicidin. Cytoskeletal components such as actin, myosin II, cytokeratins 7 and 19, - and -tubulin were predominantly observed in apical cell regions and may be involved in secretory activities.

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