Skin histology

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Skin histology

  1. 1. Skin DR. Mohaned W. Abu-lehea
  2. 2. • It is composed of the epidermis, an epithelial layer of ectodermal origin, and the dermis, a layer of connective tissue of mesodermal origin.
  3. 3. • The junction of dermis and epidermis is irregular, and projections of the dermis called papillae interdigitate with evaginations of the epidermis known as epidermal ridges.
  4. 4. • Epidermal derivatives include hairs, nails, and sebaceous and sweat glands.
  5. 5. • Beneath the dermis lies the hypodermis or subcutaneous tissue, a loose connective tissue that may contain a pad of adipose cells.
  6. 6. Epidermis • The epidermis consists mainly of a stratified squamous keratinized epithelium, but it also contains three less abundant cell types: 1. Melanocytes 2. Langerhans cells 3. Merkel's cells.
  7. 7. Stratum Corneum • The stratum corneum consists of 15 - 20 layers of flattened nonnucleated keratinized cells whose cytoplasm is filled with a birefringent filamentous scleroprotein, keratin.
  8. 8. Stratum Lucidum • More apparent in thick skin, the stratum lucidum is a translucent, thin layer of extremely flattened epidermal cells.
  9. 9. Stratum Granulosum • The stratum granulosum consists of three to five layers of flattened polygonal cells whose cytoplasm is filled with keratohyalin granules.
  10. 10. Stratum Spinosum • The cells of this layer are firmly bound together by the filament-filled cytoplasmic spines and desmosomes that punctuate the cell surface, providing a spine-studded appearance.
  11. 11. Stratum Basale • The stratum basale containing stem cells, is characterized by intense mitotic activity and is responsible, in conjunction with the initial portion of the next layer, for constant renewal of epidermal cells.
  12. 12. Hairs • Hairs are elongated keratinized structures derived from invaginations of epidermal epithelium. • Hairs are found everywhere on the body except on the palms, soles, lips, glans penis, clitoris, and labia minora.
  13. 13. • Hairs grow discontinuously and have periods of growth followed by periods of rest. • This growth does not occur synchronously in all regions of the body or even in the same area; rather, it tends to occur in patches.
  14. 14. • Each hair arises from an epidermal invagination, the hair follicle that during its growth period has a terminal dilatation called a hair bulb. • At the base of the hair bulb, a dermal papilla can be observed.
  15. 15. • The dermal papilla contains a capillary network that is vital in sustaining the hair follicle. • Loss of blood flow or loss of the vitality of the dermal papilla will result in death of the follicle.
  16. 16. Sebaceous Glands • Sebaceous glands are embedded in the dermis over most of the body surface.
  17. 17. • Sebaceous glands, which are not found in the skin of the palms and soles, are acinar glands that usually have several acini opening into a short duct.
  18. 18. • The product of this process is sebum, the secretion of the sebaceous gland, which is gradually moved to the surface of the skin.
  19. 19. • The sebaceous gland is an example of a holocrine gland, because its product of secretion is released with remnants of dead cells.
  20. 20. • Sebaceous glands begin to function at puberty. • The primary controlling factor of sebaceous gland secretion in men is testosterone; in women it is a combination of ovarian and adrenal androgens.
  21. 21. • This is a holocrine gland, because its product is secreted with the remnants of a dead cell. • Stem cells (arrows) in the base of the gland proliferate to replace the lost cells.
  22. 22. Sweat Glands • Sweat glands are widely distributed in the skin except for certain regions, such as the glans penis.
  23. 23. • Low-magnification photomicrograph of a section of sweat gland. • This is a simple coiled tubular gland.
  24. 24. • Note the duct lined by stratified cuboidal epithelium. • The myoepithelial cells, whose contraction helps to discharge the glandular secretion, surround the secretory portion.
  25. 25. Thanks

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