Atrial natriuretic peptide presence in parotid gland of human foetus at 13th week of development and in adult man

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Our immunohistochemical study shows that atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is present in both human fetal and adult parotid gland. In the fetuses ANP is localized in cell clusters, while in adult parotid gland, the ANP is seen only in the wall of intra- and extralobular ducts. The results suggest that ANP might play a role inthe differentiation of the parotid gland similarly as in brain and that during fetal growth ANP may play a role in the regulating the secretion of primitive salivary fluid, even if acini are still not developed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-58
Number of pages4
JournalFolia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
Publication statusPublished - 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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