[Histonet] Re: saliva for glycogen hydrolysis

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com
Mon Feb 14 11:32:30 CST 2011

It is cute the "sialogogue" term!
René J.

--- On Mon, 2/14/11, Robert Richmond <rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com> wrote:

From: Robert Richmond <rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com>
Subject: [Histonet] Re: saliva for glycogen hydrolysis
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Date: Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:09 PM

Here's a truly hi-tech suggestion for doing PAS-diastase stains by the
spit method (which by the way is still how it's done by the small
pathology services I work on):

You can produce copious quantities of saliva by the simple expedient
of chewing on a rubber band for a couple of minutes. This used to be
the technique used to obtain saliva samples for determination of ABH
substance secretor status in the blood bank. (I belong to that elite
20% of donors who are non-secretors, and Lewis-a positive to prove

Bob Richmond
Samurai pathologist and occasional sialogogue
Knoxville TN

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