The organization of the salivary gland microcirculation

The Journal of Physiology
P A Fraser, L H Smaje


1. The microvasculature of the rabbit submandibular salivary gland has been investigated employing in vivo microscopy, blood flow measurements, latex casts, microsphere injections and examination of fixed sections of the gland.2. Two principal microcirculations were distinguished in the living gland, one supplying the acini and the other the intralobular ducts. Parasympathetic nerve stimulation (2, 5 or 10 sec(-1)) elicited different responses in each of the two microcirculations. Flow in the capillaries around the acini slowed initially before increasing. In contrast, flow in the intralobular duct capillaries increased soon after beginning stimulation.3. In some experiments both whole gland flow and microvascular flow were monitored simultaneously. Whole gland flow increased at the same time as flow in the acinar capillaries was decreasing and as flow in the intralobular duct capillaries increased. Flow in acinar capillaries increased about 5 sec after glandular flow started to increase.4. These observations could be explained if either the vascular beds of the acini and the intralobular ducts were arranged in parallel or if arteriovenous anastomoses were to shunt the acinar circulation. No such anastomoses were found in latex...Continue Reading


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