The Environment of the Mammary Secretory Cell

  • Christopher H. Knight


Any discussion of intercellular signalling requires knowledge of the cell types present. In the case of the mammary gland, it quickly becomes apparent that this knowledge must extend to non-cellular components of the environment. Whereas most exocrine glands ‘secrete it and forget it’, the mammary gland retains its product and is, therefore, susceptible to a continuing interaction with that product. So, the stored milk is another important element in the environment which surrounds the secretory cell. This review will consider cells, matrix and milk and the interactions they all have with the secretory epithelial cell.


Mammary Gland Secretory Cell Milk Yield Intercellular Signalling Daily Milking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher H. Knight
    • 1
  1. 1.Hannah Research InstituteAyrUK

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