© 2003

The Merkel Cell


  • Klaus I. Baumann
  • Zdenek Halata
  • Ingrid Moll
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Morphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Zdenek Halata, Klaus I. Baumann, Milos Grim
      Pages 3-6
    3. Hiromi Takahashi-Iwanaga
      Pages 7-12
    4. Jun Fukuda, Yoshinori Masaki, Hisako Ishimine
      Pages 13-18
    5. A. Espinosa de los Monteros, F. Rodríguez, J. Martín de las Mulas, A. Lara, G. A. Ramírez
      Pages 19-24
    6. M. Vesper, P. Houdek, I. Moll
      Pages 25-28
    7. Osamu Tadokoro, Katsuhiro Inoue, Takeyasu Maeda, Yukishige Kozawa, Inger Hals Kvinnsland, Vaska Vandevska Radunovic
      Pages 29-32
    8. K. Ishizaki, C. M. Tazaki, C. T. Inoue, C. M. Shimono, C. K. Sakurai
      Pages 33-36
    9. Y. Suzuki, T. Inoue, M. Tazaki, M. Shimono, T. Sato
      Pages 37-40
    10. Zdenek Halata, Klaus Sames
      Pages 41-48
    11. G. A. Ramírez, P. Herráez, M. Andrada, A. Fernández, P. Castro, A. Espinosa de los Monteros
      Pages 49-55
    12. T. Schulz, E. Michou, W. Hartschuh, P. H. Wuensch
      Pages 57-64
    13. A. Beiras-Fernández, M. Blanco, T. García-Caballero, R. Gallego, C. Diéguez, A. Beiras
      Pages 65-70
    14. E. M. J. Peters, V. A. Botchkarev, I. Moll, P. Arck, R. Paus
      Pages 79-86
  3. Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. M. Sieber-Blum, V. Szeder, M. Grim, Z. Halata
      Pages 89-96
    3. Miloš Grim, Zdenek Halata, Viktor Szeder, Maya Sieber-Blum
      Pages 97-104
    4. Julie Fradette, Danielle Larouche, Claudia Fugère, Rina Guignard, Annie Beauparlant, Véronique Couture et al.
      Pages 105-112

About these proceedings


Since their first description in 1875, Merkel cells have remained an elusive cell type. Their origin as well as their classification as mechanoreceptors have been a matter of controversy and intense discussion. The peptidergic granules in these cells are suggestive of neuroendocrine functions, but their discovery has raised additional questions regarding Merkel cell function.

Essential aspects of structure, development and function of normal Merkel cells and Merkel cell carcinoma are presented in short chapters, providing concise and up-to date information on this fascinating cell type.


Carcinom Hautkrebs Mechanorezeptoren Neuroendokrine Zellen Schnurrhaare Tastempfindung anatomy behavior classification mechanoreceptors neuroendocrine cells skin cancer touch whiskers

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus I. Baumann
    • 1
  • Zdenek Halata
    • 1
  • Ingrid Moll
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Functional MorphologyUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology and VenerologyUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Oncology & Hematology