Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The pattern of lectin binding in normal human labial mucosa was examined by light and electron microscopy using eight different lectins (ConA, LCA, WGA, UEA-1, RCA-1, SBA, DBA and PNA) and compared with the patterns in normal human skin and oesophageal mucosa. As seen by light microscopy, ConA, LCA, and WGA stained cell membranes in all layers of the mucosae. RCA-1 stained the plasma membrane of cells in the basal and middle layers, whereas cells in the superficial layers showed little positive staining. UEA-1, SBA, and PNA stained the cells in the middle layers weakly in some cases. No positive staining for DBA was seen. By electron microscopy, reaction product indicating ConA-binding sites was observed in the plasma membrane, cisternae of the endoplasmic reticulum, nuclear envelope and the Golgi apparatus. Binding of LCA, WGA, and RCA-1 was observed in the plasma membrane. These results show that the binding pattern of PNA, SBA, and RCA-1 in labial mucosa is different from that in the normal skin or oesophageal mucosa, although the labial mucosal epithelium, epidermis, and oesophageal epithelium are all stratified squamous epithelia. These differences in the cell-surface sugar residues are likely to be related to the possible functional differences in these tissues.
Type of Medium: