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Descriptor English:   Retinal Pigment Epithelium 
Descriptor Spanish:   Epitelio Pigmentado de la Retina 
Descriptor Portuguese:   EpitÚlio Pigmentado da Retina 
Synonyms English:   Epithelium, Retinal Pigment
Pigment Epithelium, Retinal  
Tree Number:   A09.371.670.500
A09.371.729.887
Definition English:   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. 
History Note English:   2009; use PIGMENT EPITHELIUM OF EYE 1976-2008 
Allowable Qualifiers English:  
AB abnormalities AH anatomy & histology
BS blood supply CH chemistry
CY cytology DG diagnostic imaging
DE drug effects EM embryology
EN enzymology GD growth & development
IM immunology IN injuries
IR innervation ME metabolism
MI microbiology PS parasitology
PA pathology PH physiology
PP physiopathology RE radiation effects
SU surgery TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure VI virology
Record Number:   52978 
Unique Identifier:   D055213 

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