Translated title of the contribution: Thymus and skin

Gianfranco Altomare, Elena Frigerio, Giovanni Luigi Capella

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Thymus plays a fundamental role in the development of immunologic competence. Some 'experiments of nature' indicated that various skin diseases, either infectious or autoimmune, could be correlated to cancer or dysembryogenesis of the thymus. Moreover, the lymphoepithelial structure of the gland and in particular the interactions between immature immune cells and Hassal's corpuscles, which are keratinic structures, suggest that the thymus could represent a 'simulator' of the border between self and the outer environments. In this simulator immature lymphocytes gather for appropriate training.

Translated title of the contributionThymus and skin
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalAnnali Italiani di Dermatologia Clinica e Sperimentale
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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