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Retinal Pigment Epithelium MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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Retinal Pigment Epithelium
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Scope Note
The single layer of pigment-containing epithelial cells in the RETINA, situated closely to the tips (outer segments) of the RETINAL PHOTORECEPTOR CELLS. These epithelial cells are macroglia that perform essential functions for the photoreceptor cells, such as in nutrient transport, phagocytosis of the shed photoreceptor membranes, and ensuring retinal attachment.
Entry Term(s)
Epithelium, Retinal Pigment
Previous Indexing
Pigment Epithelium of Eye (1976-2008)
Retina (1963-2008)
Public MeSH Note
2009; see PIGMENT EPITHELIUM OF EYE 1976-2008
History Note
2009; use PIGMENT EPITHELIUM OF EYE 1976-2008
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Retinal Pigment Epithelium Preferred
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