facilitates horizontal transmission of CMV (Mocarski, 1996). The salivary glands were identified as the site of most rapid virus shedding after reactivation of latent CMV (Polic et al., 1998). Murine CMV (MCMV) produced in the salivary glands is much more virulent than the virus produced in other organs or in cultured cells (Osborn and Walker, 1971). For these reasons, infection of mice with salivary gland-derived MCMV has been extensively used as a model for human CMV infection and disease
Critical Parameters and Troubleshooting
Depending on the purpose of removing the salivary glands, one should consider the risk of damaging the tissue by inadequate surgical instruments. Tissue damaging should be avoided in particular if the gland is destined for his-topathological examinations. If contamination with nonglandular tissue, such as lymphatic nodes and fat tissue, could compromise the results of a particular experiment, the removal of salivary glands should be performed under the dissecting microscope.
If the surgical instruments are appropriate and the procedure is gentle, the structure of glandular tissue should be well preserved. After sufficient practice, one can even remove all glands in a single act.
A skilled technician can dissect and remove all the salivary glands in 3 to 5 minutes. The removal of salivary glands in neonatal mice is somewhat more demanding and requires more experience.
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Contributed by Stipan Jonjic University of Rijeka Rijeka, Croatia
Surgical Removal of Mouse Salivary Glands
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