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Rat Tongue Tissue

The digital image featured in this section is a three-dimensional reconstruction of rat tongue tissue stained with Alexa Fluor 350 (wheat germ agglutinin; lectins), Alexa Fluor 568 (phalloidin; actin), and SYTOX Green (nuclei). The tongue is a mass of striated muscle tissue, interspersed with fat glands and surrounded by a mucous membrane. The upper surface of the tongue bears numerous mucous membrane projections called papillae as well as the taste buds.