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1

What type of epithelium is the oral cavity, oropharynx and laryngopharynx covered by

Generally non-keratinised (Except hard palate and gingiva) stratified squamous epithelium

2

What type of epithelium is the nasal cavity and nasopharynx covered by?

Respiratory epithelium

3

What type of epithelium covers the anterior 2/3rds of the tongue
How does this vary between the ventral and dorsal surface

Stratified squamous epithelium
Thin on ventral surface
Thick with papillae on the dorsal surface

4

Epithelium on the posterior 1/3rd of the tongue

Smooth stratified squamous epithelium which lacks papillae, except the circumvallate papillae, but does have some lymphoid follicles in the submucosa

5

What are the 4 types of taste buds present on the tongue?

Fungiform
Cicumvallate
Foliate
Filiform (no tastebuds - occupy much of the dorsal surface of the tongue)

6

What are the 4 major layers of the digestive tract (from the oesophagus to the anal canal)

Mucosa (epithelium, lamina propria, muscularis mucosae)
Submucosa
Muscularis externa
Serosa or adventitia

7

What are the 3 layers of the mucosa?

Epithelium (sits on a basal lamina)
Lamina propria (loose connective tissue)
Muscularis mucosae (thin layer of smooth muscle)

8

What is the submucosa

Loose connective tissue

9

What is the muscularis externa

2 thick layers of smooth muscle, an inner circular layer and an outer longitudinal layer)

10

What is the serosa or adventitia

An outer layer of connective tissue that ether suspends the digestive tract or attaches it to other organs

11

What happens in terms of the epithelium at the cardia of the stomach

There is an abrupt transition from stratified squamous epithelium of the oesophagus t to simple columnar epithelium of the stomach

12

What are the holes in the surface of the stomach and what is at the bottom of these

Holes = gastric pits
There are 1-7 gastric glands at the bottom of these

13

What are gastric pits lined by

Surface mucous cells

14

In terms of the cells gastric gland, what does the pit contain mostly?
Isthmus?
Neck?
Base?

Pit = surface mucous cells
Isthmus = parietal cells
neck = neck mucous cells and stem cells
Base = chief cells (few parietal cells and neuroendocrine cells)

15

What are chief cells of gastric glands?

digestive enzyme secreting cells

16

What are parietal cells of gastric glands

HCl acid producing cells

17

How does the mucosa of the stomach differ across the cardia, body and pylorus?

The cardia contains deep gastric pits that branch into loosely packed, tortuous glands
The body contains shallow gastric pits with long straight gastric glands
The pylorus contains deep gastric pits with branched, coiled gastric glands at a higher density than in the cardia

18

What is unusual about the muscularis externa of the stomach?

It contains an additional oblique layer which located internal to the circular layer and aids in the churning action of the stomach

19

What creates the pyloric sphincter?

The inner circular layer of smooth muscle is markedly thickened

20

Epithelium of the small intestine

Simple columnar epithelium with villi and tubular glands

21

Epithelium of the large intestine

Simple columnar epithelium with tubular glands

22

What are the crypts called between the bases of adjacent villi in the small intestine?

Crypts of Lieberkuhn

23

What makes the duodenum different from any other region of the GI tract

It contains glands within the submucosa called Brunner's glands which when stimulated by the presence of chyme, produce a thin, alkaline mucous to neutralise the chyme

24

What part of the small intestine has the tallest villi

The jejunum (located on the plicae circulars)

25

What are the permanent circular folds on the mucosa and submucosa of the small intestine (except the first part of the duodenum) called?

Plicae Circularis (these are not just folds of the mucosa, but also contain submucosa)

26

What are the cells of the small intestinal epithelium

Enterocytes
Goblet cells
Paneth cells
Neuroendocrine cells
Stem cells

27

What are enterocytes

Most numerous cell in small intestinal epithelium
Tall columnar cells with a brush border
Principle absorptive cell

28

What are goblet cells

Produce mucin to protect epithelium and lubricate passage of material

29

What are paneth cells

Found at the base of the crypts of Lieberkuhn and have a defensive function and role in regulating bacterial flora (secrete lysozyme and definsins)

30

What do neuroendocrine cells produce?

Hormones that contribute to the control of secretion and motility e.g. CCK, gastrin, VIP