This image, of a section cut obliquely through a wrinkle (ruga) of the gastic mucosa, clearly illustrates the variation in epithelial cell composition, from surface mucous cells comprising the surface of the pits, to predominantly parietal cells (pale acidophilic stain) in the middle region of gastric glands, to predominantly chief cells (more deeply basophilic stain) deep in the mucosa.
For a more conventional mucosal cross section, click the thumbnail at right.
Each of these mucosal regions may be examined at higher power:
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Last updated: 11 February 2002 / dgk