Thematic Review Series: Skin Lipids. Antimicrobial lipids at the skin surface Published, JLR Papers in Press, September 28, 2007.

@article{Drake2008ThematicRS,
  title={Thematic Review Series: Skin Lipids. Antimicrobial lipids at the skin surface Published, JLR Papers in Press, September 28, 2007.},
  author={David R. Drake and Kim A. Brogden and Deborah V. Dawson and Philip W Wertz},
  journal={Journal of Lipid Research},
  year={2008},
  volume={49},
  pages={11 - 4}
}
The skin surface represents our interface with the external environment, and as such, is our first line of defense against microbial colonization and infection. Lipids at the skin surface are thought to underlie at least part of an antimicrobial barrier. Some of these lipids are synthesized in the epidermis and are carried to the surface as cells differentiate, whereas others are secreted onto the surface from the sebaceous glands. One such group, free sphingoid bases, are known to have broad… 

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