zymogen granules


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zymogen granules

[′zī·mə·jən ′gran‚yülz]
(biochemistry)
Granules of zymogen in gland cells, particularly those of the pancreatic acini and of the gastric chief cells.
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Periodic acid-Schiff-positive, diastase-resistant zymogen granules can usually be identified, although they may be patchy and limited (figure 4).
It has been consistently shown in various animal models that one of the first events in acute experimental pancreatitis consists of the premature activation of digestive enzymes within the acinar cell by co-segregation of zymogen granules with lysosomal enzymes, particularly cathepsin B.
These bodies are bluish pink in adjacent sections stained with hematoxylin and eosin and presumably are the zymogen granules released from secretory cells during food processing in this tissue.