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Membrane-coating granules in "dry" non-eczematous skin of patients with atopic dermatitis. A quantitative electron microscopic study

Werner Y, Lindberg M, Forslind B.
DOI: 10.2340/0001555567385390


In recent years much interest has been focused on the functions of the membrane-coating granules (MCGs). These granules seem to play an essential role in the formation of the barrier of the stratum corneum by extruding their lipid-rich content into the extracellular space of the corneocytes. The dry non-eczematous skin in atopic dermatitis has been reported to have defective barrier function. In the present study a quantitative electron microscopic analysis was made of the volume of MCGs in the transition zone between the stratum granulosum and stratum corneum in dry skin of patients with atopic dermatitis. The relative volume of MCGs was significantly greater than that in normal skin. This finding may indicate a disturbance of the "maturation" of the MCGs, leading to a defect in the barrier function in atopic dermatitis.


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