The Sodium and Potassium Content of the Submaxillary Glands of Pilocarpine-Treated Wistar Rats, Cotton Rats, and Chinchillas,
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The effect of pilocarpine dosage on submaxillary gland sodium and potassium was determined in three separate experiments utilizing Wistar rats, cotton rats, and chinchillas. Mean sodium levels were in all instances significantly higher in the treated animals than in the controls while the reverse held true for gland potassium content. The NaK ratio was consistently higher in the pilocarpine-treated groups. These results suggest that the source of sodium for the functioning gland greatly exceeds that of potassium.
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