Epidermal Stem Cells

 

This image is from a review article on epidermal stem cells written by Dr.Fiona Watt. Her research group is at Cancer Research UK, London Institute. Sweat glands (eccrine and apocrine) are derived from the epidermis during embryonic development but is is not known whether epidermal stem cells contribute to this differentiation pathway during postnatal life

 

Properties of Stem Cells

Transit amplifying cells have limited proliferative potential and most likely limited differentiation potential as well. They divide rapidly a few times providing cells that are committed to terminal differentiation. Thus one stem cell division can give rise to several terminally differentiating cells.

Here is a recommended reading list on epidermal stem cells and other aspects on skin biology. Click here to download outline file of PowerPoint presentation on lecture material for stem cells and skin diseases.


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