Abstract:Tear glycoproteins are derived from four principal sources. In R fluid, an inducible lacrimal secretion predominates. In C fluid, a constitutive sIgA secretion predominates, augmented by a serum exudate and SGs derived at least in part from the epithelium. In R fluid and pellet extracts, the SGs consist primarily of a 450-500 kDa species that is most probably derived from the plasma membrane. Larger antigenically related SGs are prevalent in C fluid.
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