Which layer of the epidermis is the characterized by a low rate of mitosis and a high concentration of keratin?
Correct Answer: C.Stratum corneum
If a layer of epidermis has a low rate of mitosis, this indicates that the cells in this layer are not dividing very frequently. Likewise the presence of keratin, signals that the layer of epidermis must have a waterproofing function. The stratum basale is the most mitotic layer and is the bottom layer of the epidermis. As the cells are produced in the stratum basale, older cells are pushed up to the stratum spinosum, which is also high in mitotic activity. Keratin dominates in the stratum corneum, which is the most superficial layer of the epidermis, characterized by dead skin cells that are no longer undergoing mitosis. Therefore, the correct answer is [C].
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