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Special Issue "Skin Epidermis and Barrier Function 2.0"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Kyung-Min Lim

Guest Editor
College of Pharmacy, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
Interests: skin; cosmetics; whitening; anti-aging; atopic dermatitis; alternative to animal test methods; irritation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue follows the publication of the first edition on “Skin Epidermis and Barrier Function” which presented 12 high-quality papers.

The skin epidermis is the most superficial epithelial tissue that protects our body from the outer environment. Human skin epidermis has evolved to form an effective barrier against external obnoxious stimuli that may enter the body and the loss of internal moisture. Complex differentiation/proliferation processes orchestrate the maturation of the epidermis, and various molecules participate in skin barrier function. The disruption of epidermal homeostasis is closely linked to various skin diseases that include xerosis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and skin squamous cell carcinoma. Consequently, the skin epidermis is of high interest to dermatology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, molecular biology, and the cosmetic sciences. This Special Issue entitled “Skin Epidermis and Barrier Function” invites research studies on various aspects of the skin epidermis and its barrier function at the molecular level.

Prof. Dr. Kyung-Min Lim
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Skin epidermis
  • Stratum corneum
  • Corneocytes, keratinocytes
  • Epidermal differentiation/proliferation
  • Skin barrier function, skin barrier dysfunction
  • Epidermal lipids, ceramide, free fatty acid, cholesterol, natural moisturizing factor
  • Filaggrin, loricrin, involucrin, keratin, corneodesmosome
  • Tight junction
  • Atopic dermatitis, eczema
  • Dry skin, psoriasis
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Skin stem cell

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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