Figure 297 from Chapter 11 (Melanin Pigment) of 'The Cell, 2nd Ed.' by Don W. Fawcett M.D. Epidermal melanocyte from facial skin of an orangutan illustrates the interstitial location of a melanocyte in the basal portion of the epidermis, boundary indicated by arrows. The concentration of melanosomes is greater in the surrounding keratinocytes than in the cell body of the melanocyte. Desmosomes between epithelial cells can be observed in the upper left corner of the micrograph, but none are found at the periphery of the melanocyte. Image by George Szabo. A PDF copy of the accompanying chapter is available on the ASCB’s BioEDUCATE website.
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