skin associated lymphoid tissue

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The subset of the lymphoid system associated with the dermis and epidermis. Includes Langerhans cells and resident phagocytes. Some authors consider it to be conceptual rather than a discrete entity and others would include cutaneous nerve termini containing calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that stimulate cytokine release from mast cells. Compare bronchus associated lymphoid tissue; gut associated lymphoid tissue; mucosal associated lymphoid tissue.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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