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Biochemical evidence for keratinization by mouse epidermal cells in culture

Science  30 Jun 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4349, pp. 1491-1493
DOI: 10.1126/science.566466

Abstract

More than 70 percent of the urea-extractable proteins from mouse stratum corneum or from differentiated cells of mouse epidermis grown in culture are two proteins of molecular weight 68,000 (keratin I) and 60,000 (kerae are two proteins of molecular weight 68,000 (keratin 1) and 60,000 (keratin 2), which are present in equimolar amounts on polyacrylamide gels. These proteins are the subunits of the keratin filaments, because when isolated from stratum corneum or cells grown in culture they form native-type epidermal keratin filaments in vitro. These observations provide biochemical evidence that epidermal cells grown in culture synthesize the major differentiation products of the epidermis.

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