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Issue 1, 2006
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Biochemistry of human skin—our brain on the outside

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The skin, our body's largest organ, is located at the interface between the external and internal environments, and so is strategically placed to provide not only a barrier against a range of noxious stressors (UV radiation, mechanical, chemical and biological insults) but also to act as the periphery's ‘sensing’ system. Recent developments suggest that this organ is much more critical to maintaining body homeostasis than previously thought. This tutorial review introduces the reader to some of the biochemistry that underpins the skin's enormous multi-functionality.

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The article was received on 27 Aug 2005 and first published on 26 Oct 2005

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B505793K
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2006,35, 52-67

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    Biochemistry of human skin—our brain on the outside

    D. J. Tobin, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2006, 35, 52
    DOI: 10.1039/B505793K

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