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Anat Histol Embryol. 2011 Apr;40(2):128-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0264.2010.01050.x. Epub 2010 Dec 8.

SEM and neurohistological observations of nerve endings in the middle region of the tongue of the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu): a silver impregnation method.

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Department of Anatomy, Institute of Biomedical Sciences III, University of São Paulo, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo, Brazil.


The presence of lingual papillae and the nerve endings in the middle region of the tongue mucosa of collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu) were studied using scanning electron microscopy and light microscopy, based upon the silver impregnation method. The middle region of tongue mucosa revealed numerous filiform and fungiform papillae. The thick epithelial layer showed epithelial cells and a dense connective tissue layer containing nerve fibre bundles and capillaries. The sensory nerve endings, intensely stained by silver impregnation, were usually non-encapsulated and extended into the connective tissue of the filiform and fungiform papillae very close to the epithelial cells. In some regions, the sensory nerves fibres formed a dense and complex network of fine fibrils. The presence of these nerve fibrils may characterize the mechanisms of transmission of sensitive impulses to the tongue mucosa.

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