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Pig ear skin as an in-vitro model for human skin permeability.

Pig skin has been shown to have similar histological and physiological properties to human skin and has been suggested as a good model for human skin permeability. In this series of experiments, the in-vitro permeability of pig ear skin was compared with human (abdominal) skin and rat (dorsal) skin using both hydrophilic (water, mannitol, paraquat) and lipophilic (aldrin, carbaryl, fluazifop-butyl) penetrants. Pig skin was found to have a closer permeability character than rat skin to human skin, particularly for lipophilic penetrants. Electrical conductivity measurements across pig skin membranes showed that skin conductivity could be a useful method for assessing the integrity of membranes, particularly when used in conjunction with water permeability assessments.[1]


  1. Pig ear skin as an in-vitro model for human skin permeability. Dick, I.P., Scott, R.C. J. Pharm. Pharmacol. (1992) [Pubmed]
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