So far, there has been little in-depth information that the medical community has owned over the sweat glands, which are the most common body glands and are essential for the control of body temperature, which allows humans can live in different climates in the world.
Each person has millions of sweat glands, but they are rarely studied in depth, possibly as a consequence of which is difficult to obtain sufficient samples of these tiny organs for laboratory research.
Now, in a large technical effort, researchers at Rockefeller University in New York City and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA, have been identified in mice, the stem cells that develop initially sweat glands, as well as stem cells that regenerate adult sweat glands.
This finding and other results of the study conducted by the team of researchers Elaine Fuchs and Catherine P. Lu can now be used to explore the origins of some genetic diseases that affect the sweat glands, as well as potential ways to address them.
They discovered in the new study not only illustrates how sweat glands develop and how cells respond to their wounds, but also identifies stem cells in the glands and sweat ducts, and opens new perspectives to explore the use of these cells mother to produce textiles.
The results of the new research could also help in the future to improve treatments for patients with burns and develop topical treatments (directly on the skin) for people who sweat excessively, and for too little sweating.