Sweat Gland: Stem and Progenitor Cells in Adults

The main function of sweat glands is to produce sweat, which plays a vital role in maintaining body temperature: the evaporation of water from sweat aids in dissipating heat from the skin surface. Certain conditions such as exercise can lead to the generation of heat stress that has to be controlled by the secretion of sweat. The absence of sweat or the poor secretion of sweat can result in dangerously high levels of body heat leading to stroke or even death. There are two types of sweat glands, the eccrine sweat glands and the apocrine sweat glands. The eccrine sweat glands open to the skin surface and release a water and salt mixture, whereas the apocrine sweat glands are appendages to hair follicles and release ...

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