Lamellar subcomponents of the cuticular cell membrane complex of mammalian keratin fibres show friction and hardness contrast by AFM.

@article{Smith2002LamellarSO,
  title={Lamellar subcomponents of the cuticular cell membrane complex of mammalian keratin fibres show friction and hardness contrast by AFM.},
  author={J. R. Smith and J. A. Swift},
  journal={Journal of microscopy},
  year={2002},
  volume={206 Pt 3},
  pages={182-93}
}
There is a substantial body of information indicating that 18-methyleicosanoic acid (18-MEA) is covalently linked to the outer surface of all mammalian keratin fibres and also forms the outer beta-layer of the cuticular cell membrane complex (CCMC) which separates the cuticle cells from each other. Low cohesive forces are expected between the lipid-containing outer beta-layer and the delta-layer of the CCMC, thus providing a weak point for cuticular delamination and presenting a fresh layer of… CONTINUE READING

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