Structure of the plantar sweat glands of the Bank vole Clethrionomys glareolus
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 191, Issue 1, pages 1–10, May 1980
How to Cite
Griffiths, J. and Kendall, M. D. (1980), Structure of the plantar sweat glands of the Bank vole Clethrionomys glareolus. Journal of Zoology, 191: 1–10. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1980.tb01445.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 7 August 1979
The plantar pads of the hind feet of 15 male and female, young and old Clethrionomys glareolus (Rodentia–family Muridae) were examined for the presence of tubular glands. Groups of eight or nine coiled glands were found in all of the 11 plantar pads. The secretory portion of the gland lies deep in the fatty hypodermis and communicates with the plantar surface by a coiled duct whose lining cells merge with those of the stratum basale of the undersurface of the foot. Groups of shallow depressions mark the site of the duct openings. They are not associated with any hairs.
Although light microscopy shows only one cell type, electron microscopy reveals two morphologically different cell types. Neither conform directly to the light and dark secretory cells of the human sweat glands although similarities exist. Myoepithelial cells surround the secretory cells, but do not appear to be present around the duct cells.