Transfer of Melanin Granules from Melanocytes to the Cortical Cells of Human Hair

@article{Swift1964TransferOM,
  title={Transfer of Melanin Granules from Melanocytes to the Cortical Cells of Human Hair},
  author={J. A. Swift},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1964},
  volume={203},
  pages={976-977}
}
THE manner by which the cortical cells of developing hair fibres acquire melanin pigment has been the subject of much speculation. Some authors have postulated that the pigment granules are actively inoculated into the pre-keratinized cells by way of the dendritic processes of the melanocyte (cytocrine activity)1,2, whereas others have suggested that pigment granule transfer involves the active ingestion (phagocytosis) of the granules by the cortical cells3,4. Birbeck and Mercer3,4, who have… CONTINUE READING

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