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Melanocytes in the Skin – Comparative Whole Transcriptome Analysis of Main Skin Cell Types

Reemann, P., Reimann, E., Ilmjärv, S., Porosaar, O., Silm, H., Jaks, V., Vasar, E., Kingo, K. and Kõks, S. (2014) Melanocytes in the Skin – Comparative Whole Transcriptome Analysis of Main Skin Cell Types. PLoS ONE, 9 (12).

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Abstract

Melanocytes possess several functions besides a role in pigment synthesis, but detailed characteristics of the cells are still unclear. We used whole transcriptome sequencing (RNA-Seq) to assess differential gene expression of cultivated normal human melanocytes with respect to keratinocytes, fibroblasts and whole skin. The present results reveal cultivated melanocytes as highly proliferative cells with possible stem cell-like properties. The enhanced readiness to regenerate makes melanocytes the most vulnerable cells in the skin and explains their high risk of developing into malignant melanoma.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Copyright: 2014 Reemann et al.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/51335
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