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

Merkel cells: A collective review of current concepts

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

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Dr. Jacob Abraham
Specialty Clinic, Dental and Orthodontic Center, Nedumkandam PO, Idukki - 685 553, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_34_18

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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.

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