International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research

EDUCATION FORUM
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9--13

Merkel cells: A collective review of current concepts


Jacob Abraham1, Sherin Mathew2 
1 Department of Orthodontics, Specialty Clinic, Dental and Orthodontic Center, Idukki, India
2 Department of Dentistry, Government Taluk Hospital, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jacob Abraham
Specialty Clinic, Dental and Orthodontic Center, Nedumkandam PO, Idukki - 685 553, Kerala
India

Merkel cells (MCs) constitute a very unique population of postmitotic cells scattered along the dermo-epidermal junction. These cells that have synaptic contacts with somatosensory afferents are regarded to have a pivotal role in sensory discernment. Several concerns exist till date as to their origin, multiplication, and relevance in skin biology. The article, a collective review of literature extracted from PubMed search and dermatology books, provides novel insights into the physiology of MCs and their recent advances.


How to cite this article:
Abraham J, Mathew S. Merkel cells: A collective review of current concepts.Int J App Basic Med Res 2019;9:9-13


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Abraham J, Mathew S. Merkel cells: A collective review of current concepts. Int J App Basic Med Res [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 May 26 ];9:9-13
Available from: http://www.ijabmr.org/article.asp?issn=2229-516X;year=2019;volume=9;issue=1;spage=9;epage=13;aulast=Abraham;type=0