Effect of Culture Environment on Terminal Differentiation of Human Epidermal Keratinocytes

  • Fiona M. Watt
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 218)


The epidermis is the outer covering of the skin and consists of several different cell types: keratinocytes, melanocytes, Langerhans cells and Merkel cells. Keratinocytes are the most abundant of the epidermal cells and are organised into distinct layers, as illustrated in Fig. 1a.


Basal Layer Terminal Differentiation Human Keratinocytes Human Epidermal Keratinocytes Cornified Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fiona M. Watt
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  1. 1.Keratinocyte LaboratoryImperial Cancer Research FundLincoln’s Inn Fields, LondonUK

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