The skin, the largest organ of the body, is a highly complex and organised tissue comprised of a vascularised dermal layer and an avascular epidermis consisting of multiple layers of differentiated keratinocytes. As well as providing a physical barrier to environmental challenges, the epidermis is the first line of defence against invading pathogens. Central to maintenance of a healthy epidermis is a tight and highly ordered cell to cell adhesion network including adherens, desmosomes and gap junction intercellular communication channels – the epidermal junctional nexus. Connexins (Cx), gap junction proteins, are expressed throughout the epidermal layers in a complex and overlapping pattern suggesting an important role in skin homeostasis.
|Title of host publication||Connexin Cell Communication Channels: Roles in the Immune System and Immunopathology|
|Editors||E. Ovideo-Orta , B.R. Kwak, W.H. Evans|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
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- immune system