Touch domes and Merkel cells in hamster cheek pouch epithelium

Lilian Calderon-Solt*, D. B. Solt

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Minute dome-shaped elevations on the epithelial surface of hamster buccal pouch were counted in full-thickness whole mounts of detached pouch epithelium. Domes were examined by light and electron microscopy. Each dome consisted of thickened epithelium containing numerous Merkel cells with associated unmyelinated terminal axons. The pouch domes have structural characteristics in common with Haarscheiben, or touch domes, described in hair-bearing skin in man and other mammals and must not be confused with focal hyperplastic or precancerous lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-573
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • General Dentistry
  • Cell Biology


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