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VII.—The Anatomy of Follicles Producing Wool-Fibres, with special reference to Keratinization

  • L. Auber (a1)

The mammalian hair-fibre, together with the “inner root-sheath” (i.e. the axial layers of the follicle wall), grows upward by a proximal addition of cells. Changes in the inner root-sheath are responsible for the final shape and surface sculpture of the fibre. At its distal limit the inner root-sheath disintegrates owing to the effect of a de-keratinizing chemical agent.

A bent, undulated, or “crimped” fibre is due to a differentiated progress of the changes leading to keratinization of the “fibre cortex”. The cells which give rise to a “medulla” are different chemically and less compressible than cortical cells.

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W. T. Astbury , 1942. “X-Rays and the Stoicheiometry of the Proteins, with special reference to the Structure of the Keratin-Myosin Group”, Journ. Chem. Soc., pt. 1, 337347.

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