Skin as an endocrine organ: implications for its function

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  • External authors:
  • Andrzej Slominski
  • Jacobo Wortsman
  • Peter M. Elias
  • Desmond J. Tobin
  • Kenneth R. Feingold

Abstract

Described as the body's largest organ, the skin is strategically located at the interface with the external environment where it has evolved to detect, integrate and respond to a diverse range of stressors. A flurry of recent findings has established the skin as an important peripheral (neuro)endocrine organ that is tightly networked to central stress axes. This capability is contributing to the maintenance of body homeostasis, and in this way could be harnessed for therapeutic strategies. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e137-e144
JournalDrug Discovery Today: Disease Mechanisms
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008