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Nail stem cells
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
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JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 235–239, March 2013
How to Cite
Sellheyer, K. (2013), Nail stem cells. JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, 11: 235–239. doi: 10.1111/ddg.12030
- Issue published online: 20 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
- Submitted: 27.10.2012 | Accepted: 4.12.2012
Our knowledge on stem cells of the hair follicle has increased exponentially after the bulge was characterized as the stem cell niche two decades ago. In contrast, little is known about stem cells in the nail unit. Whereas hair follicles are plentiful and easy to access, the human body has only twenty nails and they are rarely biopsied. Therefore, examining fetal material offers unique advantages. In the following mini-review, our current knowledge on nail stem cells is summarized and analogies to the hair follicle stem cells are drawn.