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Vol 59, No 4 (2000)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2000-08-02
Submitted: 2012-02-06
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SEM demonstration of elastic fibres in the integument of small and densely-haired mammals

Wilfried Meyer, Klaus Neurand, Anke Schnapper
Folia Morphol 2000;59(4):279-283.

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Vol 59, No 4 (2000)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2000-08-02
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The combination of SEM and autoclave methods gave a clear three-dimensional demonstration of integumental elastic fibres in small densely-haired mammals. The specific organisation of a fine and spongy elastic network was characterized by uniformly thin elastic fibres which were homogeneously distributed between both hair follicle types throughout the whole dermis. All the hair follicles were connected with each other by elastic fibres along their complete intradermal length. The advantage of such a specific elastic dermis construction is that all hair follicles can be moved together and simultaneously along the entire body, so that a better and rapid insulation is achieved after erection of the hair follicles during very low temperatures.

Abstract

The combination of SEM and autoclave methods gave a clear three-dimensional demonstration of integumental elastic fibres in small densely-haired mammals. The specific organisation of a fine and spongy elastic network was characterized by uniformly thin elastic fibres which were homogeneously distributed between both hair follicle types throughout the whole dermis. All the hair follicles were connected with each other by elastic fibres along their complete intradermal length. The advantage of such a specific elastic dermis construction is that all hair follicles can be moved together and simultaneously along the entire body, so that a better and rapid insulation is achieved after erection of the hair follicles during very low temperatures.
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Keywords

elastic fibres; integument; small densely-haired mammals; SEM; autoclaving; skin biology

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Title

SEM demonstration of elastic fibres in the integument of small and densely-haired mammals

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 59, No 4 (2000)

Pages

279-283

Published online

2000-08-02

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2000;59(4):279-283.

Keywords

elastic fibres
integument
small densely-haired mammals
SEM
autoclaving
skin biology

Authors

Wilfried Meyer
Klaus Neurand
Anke Schnapper

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