Thesis / Dissertation

Understanding the regulation of epidermal tissue thickness by cellular and subcellular processes using multiscale modelling

Claire Margaret Miller, James Osborne (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin, providing a protective barrier for our bodies. Two important aspects to the barrier function of the epidermis are maintenance of its barrier layer and constant cell turnover. The main barrier layer in the epidermis is the outermost layer, called the stratum corneum. This layer blocks both the entry of antigens and the loss of internal water and solutes. If antigens do enter the system, cell turnover has been hypothesised to propel them out the system by providing a constant upwards velocity of cells which carry the toxins with them. The majority of severe diseases of the epidermis relate to a reduction in thickness of the stratum corneum. ..

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