Fine structure of the newt epidermis

R. M. Lavker*

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Newt epidermis was studied by means of the light and electron microscope in order to obtain information on the differentiation products and to better understand the keratinization process in amphibia. Filaments, contained in all epidermal cells, and mucous granules, located primarily in the mid and upper regions of the tissue, are the main differentiation products of the newt epidermis. Protective horny cells are enveloped by a thickened membrane and composed of filaments and a PAS-positive matrix. Newt epidermis also contains a population of clear cells which may have an osmoregulatory function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-675
Number of pages13
JournalTissue and Cell
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology


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