NON-KERATINOCYTES OF THE ORAL MUCOSA
Author: Sanketh DS, MDS
The term oral mucosa or oral mucous membrane is used to describe the moist lining of the oral cavity. Oral mucosa is essentially made of an epithelium and an underlying connective tissue. The epithelial cells are called keratinocytes due to the presence of intermediate filaments called cytokeratins which are bundled into tonofilaments. Keratinocytes are firmly attached to each other with the help of intercellular-bridges called desmosomes. The epithelial cells or keratinocytes in the lower layers divide and produce new cells, which in turn undergo maturation as they keep moving up layers and replace cells that are eventually shed.
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