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Skin weight and surface area:
Weight: 16% of body weight (heaviest organ in the body)

Surface area: 1,2- 2,3 square meters
Main layers of skin:

Tela subcutanea (hypodermis
- does not belong to skin as an organ
Skin derivatives:
Hair, nails and glands
Functions of skin: (7)
1. Protection
2. Thermoregulation
- sweat gland
- blood flow changes
3. (respiration)- perspiratio insensibilis
4. Excretion
5. Immunity
6. Metabolism (ergosterole--> vit. D)
7. Emotions and psychics
Skin- relief: (6)
1.skin sulci- rhombic skin areas between them
2. dermal/papillary ridges (cristae cutis)- 9 types after Purkyne-- dactyloskopy
3. Tactile elevations (toruli tactiles)- 10 in hand (e.g.g thenar)
4. tension/cleavage lines (linea distractiones
5. skin ligaments (retinacula cutis)
6. striae (striae cutaneae)- growth, gravidity, obesity
1. sulci at joints, wrinkles
2. sulcus mentolabialis, nasolabialis
3. suprapalpebralis, infrapalpebralis
4. sulcus gluteus, crena ani
5. hand- "Purkyne"- chiromancy/palmistry
Grooves on hands- Purkyne- chiromancy palmistry: (5)
1. linea oppositionsis pollicis (vitalis)
2. linea manus clausae (cephalica, naturalis)
3. linea occlusionis dig. trium ulnarium (mensalis)
4. sulcus cutaneus intercarpalis (linea rasecta)- most proximal of wrist
5. linea restricta- middle of wrist
Risks with tension/ cleavage lines:
Thorax: keloid formation

Groin: secondary infection

Palms and feets: poor cosmetic healing

Calf: stasis changes may obscure biopsy
Tension/ cleavage lines (Langer´s skin lines):
Run in the same direction as fibril bundles in dermis (stratum reticulare).
Wrinkles on skin surface is perpendicular to the direction of the heaviest tension, important in plastic surgery.
Epidermis develop from:
Dermis develop from:
Mesoderm (mesenchyme)
Melanocytes and Merkel`s cells develop from:
Neural crest
Development of epidermis:
Primordum: only one layer of epidermal cells.
Then proliferation of superficial ectoderm---> PERIDERM and BASAL GERMINAL LAYER (=future startum basale).
Epidermal ridges are formed (dermatoglyphes).
Migration of neural crest cells--> melanoblasts.
Keratinization and desquamation= VERNIC CASEOSA:
- protect from exposition to amnial fluid
- facilitates delivery
Development of dermis:
From somatopleura of lateral mesoderm and partly from dermatomes.
Production of fibers starts at 11th week (collagen and elastine).
Continous capillarization and innervation.
Epidermis and dermis invaginates mutually
Thick skin type characteristics:
Locatded on palma and planta.

Is smooth and bald

400-800 micrometer thick epidermis
Thin skin characteristics:
Located on the rest of the body


75-150 micrometer thick epidermis
Total thickness of skin depends on region, e.g.:
Back= 4mm thick

Haired part of head= 1,5 mm
Epidermis- 5 (6) layers of keratinization:
1. stratum basale
2. stratum spinosum
3. stratum granulosum
4. stratum lucidum
5. stratum corneum
6. (stratum disjunctum)
Cells of epidermis:
Lanherhan`s cells
Merkel`s cells
Stratum basale:
1 layer of cylindric/ cuboidal cells
Desmosomes, hemidesmosomes
Mitotic activity
- whole epidermis regenerates in 15-30 days
10nm, middle filaments (cytokeratines)
- number is increasing towards skin surface
Stratum spinosum:
Spiny cells with desmosomes in their angles
Cytokeratines (tonofilaments) converge into desmosomes
Multiplied in palm and sole
Numerous mitoses
Stratum germinativum malpighi:
Stratum basale+ stratum spinosum
Stratum granulosum:
3-5 cell layers
Polygonal cells with centrally located nucleus
Contain 2 types of granules:
- basophilic granules: keratohyaline
- multilamellar granula= Odland`s bodies (their content is secreted into intercellular space and serves as cement against foreign material penetration)
Stratum lucidum:
Thin layer
Flat eosinophilic cells
Nucleus and organelles not obvious
Mainly filaments in electrodense matrix
Visible desmosomes
Stratum corneum:
15-20 layers of flatened cells= cells of horny layer
Nucleus and organels is absent (lysosomal enzymes effect)
Cytoplasm filled with keratine (composed scleroproteine stuck by basal substance from keratohyaline granules)
(Stratum disjunctum):
Unbinding cells
Skin color is due to:
Number of blood capillaries within dermis
Blood color in dermis vessels
Located in stratum basale, and in hair follicles
Round bodies with processes to epidermis
Produce melanine (eumelanine):
- dark brown pigment
- pheomelanine in red hair
Tyrosinase synthesis, storage in melanosomes injected in keratinoctes (melanophores)
Where is melanin stored:
In melanosomes within keratinocytes
Melanine production:
1. Tyrosinase converts:
- tyrosine into 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA)
- DOPA into dopachinone
2. Dopachinone is converted into melanin
(microscopically 4 stages in melanosome)
Mature melanin granules=
How is melanosomes secreted into keratinocytes:
By cytokrinne secretion
Melanin secretion:
Cytokrinne secretion through processes.
Concentration is highest in supranuclear area of keratinocytes
Function of melanin secretion:
Protection of mitotic active cells from UV radiation
2 phases of epidermis color change:
1. Darkening performed by melanin
2. Formation of new melanosomes
Langerhan`s cells (Dendrocytes):
Are macrophages
2-8 % of epidermals cells
Mainly within stratum spinosum
Merkel`s cells (tactile cells):
In thick type of skin
Dark granules of uncertain content
Have free nerve endings at base
Mechanoreceptors (conplexus epithelialis tactus)
Derived from neural crest
Structure of dermis:
1.Collagen layer under basal membrane of epidermis.
2. Up to 4 mm thick (back).
3. Have processes (dermal papillae/ridges- correlate to epidermal ones)
4. Have 2 not clearly separated layers:
- stratum papillare
- stratum reticulare
5. Rich capillary network
6. Skin derivatives present
Stratum papillare of dermis:
Forms majority of dermal ridges/papillae
Have loose connective tissue
Usual components
"Anchoring fibers" insert into basal membrane of epidermis
Stratum reticulare of dermis:
Consist of dense connective tissue.
Many fibers, mainly collagen type I.
Dermatan- sulphate.
Elastic net inserted into basal membrane of epidermis
Function of dermis:
1. Fixation of epidermis:
- ridges= papillae
- anchoring structures
2. Blood supply
3. Thermoregulation and regulation of blood pressure
4. Sensory organ:
- free nerve endings (terminationes neurales liberae)
- sensory corpcules
Arterial supply of skin:
Deep and superficial plexus:
- constant pedicle for certain areas--> skin flaps for replantation
- capillaries- a-v anastomoses

(Veins corresponds to aa.)
Lymph drainage of skin:
Capillaries--> subcapillary network--> collectors
Nervous innervation of skin:

1. Nerve endings (free x corpuscules)
2. 5th sense= touch- somatosensory fibers
3. Sympathetic postganglionic vasomotor fibers- adrenergic
4. Visceromotor fibers
5. Sympathetic fibers for sweat glands- cholinergic
Skin derivatives:
Skin glands
Hairs (pili):
1. Everywhere except: palms, soles, lips, glans and labia minora.
2. Distribution, density and color depend on:
- sex, age, race and region of body
- hormones influence (androgenes, T3, T4, corticoids)
3. Growth periods (anagene)
4. Quite periods (catogene, telogene)
Hair growth:
Anagene: 3years/ 1000 days
Catagene: 3 weeks/ 10 days
Telogene 3 months/ 100 days

Bulbus disappearance and its recovery
How many mm growth/ day:
How many hairs are lost each day:
100 (if more= effluvium)
Bald sites:
Influences of hair growth:
Autoimmune diseases
Structure of hairs:
1. Hair follicle (invaginations of epidermis)
2. Hair bulb (corresponds to startum germinativum)
3. Dermal papilla (at hair bulb base, with capillary network)
4. Cells around papilla (hair root):
- medulla: large vacuolized elements
- cortex: keratinized spindle elements
- cuticle
Hair follicle layers:
Internal+ external root sheat (vagina radicularis epithelialis int+ ext.)
Glassy membrane (membrana vitrea)
Fibrous sheath (vagina radicularis dermalis)- derived from mesoderm
Nails (ungis):
Plates of keratinized epithelial cells on dorsal surface of distal phalanges
Nail structure:
Matrix, nail fold (vallum), nail body

Hidden lateral free border

Root (radix)- in nail groove

Eponychium (cuticle)

Hyponychium- epidermal base (mirror of blood oxygenation)


Nail bed (lectulus)
Nail develeopment:
Nails originates as thickening of epidermis on the finger tips
(nails overreaching fingertips are one of the marks of the fetus maturation (full term baby)
Skin glands:
Sebaceous glands:
In dermis all over the body (100/ cm2)
Missing in palmes and soles
Abundant in face (400-900/ cm2)
Alveolar with duct usually into hair follicle
Produce SEBUM (mixture of TAG, waxes, squalene, cholesterol and its esters)
Sweat glands:
Merocrine secretion (vesicles):
- eccrine
- apocrine
Eccrine glands:
= Sweat glands
Simple, contorted, tubulus
Empty outside hair follicles
All over the body, densest in palm, sole and forehead
Missing in glans and inner surface of preputium (dark cells- mucoid, light cells- transport of ions)
Produces non-viscous fluid
Water, NaCl, urea ammonia, uric acid (ultrafiltrate of blood plasma)
Cholinergic innervation
Apocrine glands:
"Odour glands"
3-5mm in diameter
Located in hypodermis
Empty into hair follicles
Viscous secretion without smell
Aromatic smell= bacterial effect
Adrenergic innervation
Pemphigus vulgaris:
Autoimmune disease
Circulation IgG antibodies against surface antigens of squamous epithelium are associated with desmosomes
---> antibody binding triggers activation of proteases==> epidermis disintegrates and forms blisters (intraepidermal blisters located suprabasally)
Bulous pemphigoid:
Autoimmune disease
Circulating IgG antibodies bind to antigens BP1 and BP2 in area of basal membrane.
Antibody binding triggers activation of complement, tissue damage and formation of blisters.
Subepidermal blisters are covered with rather normal epidermis.
Mammary glands, general facts:
Largest skin gland (apocrine) holocrine??
Secretes milk
Paired gland, sulcus internmammarius
3th- 6th intercostal space, fat pad (pre- and retromammary)
Parasternal--> ant. axillary line
11 cm x 12 cm
150g, 300- 800g in lactation
Mammary gland structure:
1. Body of brest- axillar process
2. Lobes--> lobules--> glandular alveoli (glandular epithelium, myoepithelial cells)
3. 15-20 composed tuboalveolar glands
4. Each has it own secretory dicy (lactiferous duct)--> sinus lactifer (in lactation only)--> nipple
5. Separated with dense connective tissue and adipose tissue
6. Supersensory ligament of breast (retinaculum cutis mammae)
Areola mammae:
Glandulae areolares Montgomery
Tubercula areolae
Smooth mm. cells (radially)
Nipple (papilla mammaria):
Area cribiformis papillae:
- lactiferous ducts
Sebaceous glands
Smooth muscle cells (spirally)- m.sphincter papillae)
Development of mammary gland:
6th week:
Mammary ridge/milk line (=thickened epidermis) from axilla under naval

2nd trimester:
15-20 epithelial buds- future lactiferous ducts

Newborns of both sexes:
Average: 3,5-9
Ducts swollen with heaped secret
Secret excretion (under influence of maternal hormones= "Witch milk"
Mammary gland in puberty:
1. Enlargement of girls breasts du to:
- collection of adipose and connective tissue
- proliferation and ramification of lactiferous ducts
- both under influence of ovarian estrogens
2. In boys the breasts are without changes
Mammary gland in pregnancy and lactation:
1. Proliferation of alveols in lobules
2. Cells with secretory vacuoles and adipose droplets
3. 4-6 myoepithelial cells around alveolus
4. Synergic action of hormones--> growth of secretory part
5. Secretion into alveolar lumen
6. Water, lipids, proteins (kaseines), lactosis, IgA
7. Colostrum, sucking, oxytocine
Arterial supply of mammary gland:
1. rr. perforantes from aa. intercostales anteriores
2. r.pectoralis, a.thoracoacromialis, a.thoracica lat, a. subscapularis from a. thoracica superios
3. aa. intercostales posteriores--> rr. perforantes
Venous drainage from mammary gland:
Plexus venosus Halleri- under areola
v.thoracica interna
vv.intercostales posteriores
Carcinoma of mammary gland:
Most frequent tumor in females, affects 9% of women.
Clinical symptoms:
- swelling
- impact of skin/papilla
- ulceration
- palpation
- ultrasound
- mammography
- extirpation
- mastectomy (partial/ total)
Lymph drainage of mammary gland:
4 quadrants:
1. nodi.l.axillares:
- Sorgius- most cranial group of nodi.l.pectorales, at 2nd/3rd tooth of m.serratus ant
2. nodi.l.parasternales:
- nodi.mediastinales ant.
- nodi epigastrici sup.+ inf.
3. nodi.l.supraclaviculares
4. contralaterally to the other gland and axilla (plexus subareolaris Sappeyi)
Innervation of mammary gland:
nn. intercostales IV- VI (rami ant- + lat.)

Sensory plexus around papilla (T4)
Anogenital adnexal glands:
van der Putte 1991
Structure similar to glandula mammaria
Transition between eccrine and apocrine gland
Hormonal receptors--> cyclic changes
Located in sulcus interlabialis and perianal region
Function not known, possible sexual function
Subcutaneous tissue (tela subcutanea/ hypodermis):
Retinacula cutis
Panniculus adiposus:
- stratum musculorum
- stratum fibrosum
Stratum membranosum
Textus connectivus laxus
Bursae synoviales subcutaneae