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The fine structure of the elastic tendons in the human arrector pili muscle






British Journal of Dermatology 93(6): 631-637

The fine structure of the elastic tendons in the human arrector pili muscle

The elastic tendons by which the human arrector pili muscle is inserted into the hair follicle were studied by light and electron microscopy. From the follicle to the muscle these tendons are formed successively by oxytalan, elaunin and elastic fibers. In close contact with the smooth muscle cells, elaunin and elastic fibers were observed. The fibers penetrate the spaces between the muscle cells and are clamped by them. An explanation is advanced about the significance of this arrangement in the recovery after muscle contraction.

Accession: 006677687

PMID: 1220810

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1975.tb05112.x

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