Localization of the human SH-protease inhibitor in the epidermis. Immunofluorescent studies

Acta histochemica
O RäsänenA Rinne


Human epidermis contains a low molecular weight SH-protease inhibitor (Human Epidermal Inhibitor = HEI), whose epidermal localization was performed with the indirect immunofluorescence method. The fluorescence was most intensive in the cytoplasms of epidermal cells, often occurring perinuclearly. The fluorescent material in the frozen sections was often finely granular and occasionally extended outside the cytoplasm, while the fluorescence in fixed sections was more uniform, but weaker. Stratum basale generally stained poorly or not at all, as did also stratum lucidum. Stratum corneum stained fairly intensively throughout. In addition to fixation, the outcome of staining was also affected by the thickness of the epidermis, particularly stratum corneum. The significance of this inhibitor for the differentiation of epidermal cells and the keratinization of epidermis has therefore been discussed, and the authors assume it to be of considerable significance in these processes.


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