Using Keratin To Assess and Diagnose Skin Cancer
Editor's Pics Aug 26, 2019
Image courtesy of Elisabetta Palazzo, Ph.D., NIAMS Laboratory of Skin Biology, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health
This image shows Keratin 5 (red) and Keratin 1 (green) expression in skin tumors. Keratins are fibrous structural proteins present in epithelial structures, such as skin, hair, and nails. They form filaments that give strength and toughness to the structures. Keratins are often used to assist in the diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.
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