HISTO HOME
ERG Index
GI Index

ENDO Index

REPRO Index
RESOURCE CENTER

Stomach, gastric glands

Notes

Most of the bulk of the gastric mucosa is occupied by secretory cells of the gastric glands, primarily parietal cells (P) and chief cells (C), together with lamina propria.

In routine sections, the secretory cells often appear rather jumbled together.  Sometimes, however, tubular organization is more evident, especially deep in the gastric glands near the muscularis mucosae, as in the figure above.  

Cells with conspicuous eosinophilic cytoplasm and centrally located nuclei (sometimes paired) are the parietal cells (P in the figure above).

Cells with basal nuclei, basally basophilic cytoplasm, and apical vesicles are the chief cells (C in the figure above).

The glands are separated by thinner strands of lamina propria, visible as strands of denser, flattened or irregular nuclei.  


Related examples:


Comments and questions: dgking@siu.edu

SIUC / School of Medicine / Anatomy / David King

http://www.siumed.edu/~dking2/erg/GI099b.htm
Last updated:  10 December 2007 / dgk