Data from: The cutaneous lipid composition of bat wing and tail membranes: a case of convergent evolution with birds

Miriam Ben-Hamo, Agusti Muñoz-Garcia, Paloma Larrain, Berry Pinshow, Carmi Korine & Joseph Williams
The water vapour permeability barrier of mammals and birds resides in the stratum corneum (SC), the outermost layer of the epidermis. The molar ratio and molecular arrangement of lipid classes in the SC determine the integrity of this barrier. Increased chain length and polarity of ceramides, the most abundant lipid class in mammalian SC, contribute to tighter packing and thus to reduced cutaneous evaporative water loss (CEWL). However, tighter lipid packing also causes low SC...
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