Some key enzymes of steroid metablism viz.- 3α-, 3β-and 17β- hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (HSDH) in submandibular salivary gland of female rat were studied histochemically. The results showed that these enzyme activities exhibit variation in localization as well as intensity depending on the stages of estrous cycle. 3α-HSDH activity appeared during metestrous stage and remained active through proestrous stage but waned off significantly during estrous stage, thereby indicating a stage-bound occurrence. Generally, the enzyme activities are intensely localized in the linning of granular and large collecting ducts than in acinar regions, indicating greater capacity for the steroid metabolic conversions in ducts. As regards the acini; it is suggested that the significance of these enzymes be considered as having modifying influence on metabolic patterns of the rat.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Advanced Zoology|
|State||Published - Dec 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Animal Science and Zoology