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Eccrine Glands

  • Kinya Ishikawa

Abstract

Since the eccrine glands are merocrine in nature, they discharge sweat without loss of the cytoplasm. Ito was the first to recognize two kinds of cell in the secretory portion—“superficial” and “basal” cells [2, 3]. The former are now generally termed dark cells, and the latter clear cells. The clear cells are larger and secrete aqueous material; the dark cells are smaller and secrete mucin. Between the clear cells, there are intercellular canaliculi, through which sweat from the clear cells empties into the lumina. In addition, myoepithelial cells, which are capable of contraction, are found at the base of the secretory portion. Acid-fast granules are found in the secretory cells [10].

Keywords

Clear Cell Dark Cell Eccrine Sweat Gland Sweat Duct Eccrine Gland 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kinya Ishikawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyKasumigaura National HospitalTsuchiura 300Japan

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