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Differential cytokine activity and morphology during wound healing in the neonatal and adult rat skin.

Authors: Wagner, W  Wehrmann, M 
Citation: Wagner W and Wehrmann M, J Cell Mol Med. 2007 Nov-Dec;11(6):1342-51.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18205704
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1111/j.1582-4934.2007.00037.x

Wound-healing mechanisms change during transition from prenatal to postnatal stage. Cytokines are known to play a key role in this process. The current study investigated the differential cytokine activity and healing morphology during healing of incisional skin wounds in rats of the ages neonatal (p0), 3 days old (p3) and adult, after six different healing times (2 hrs to 30 days). All seven tested cytokines (Transforming Growth Factor (TGF) alpha, TGFbeta(1), -beta(2) and -beta(3), IGF 1, Platelet Derived Growth Factor A (PDGF A), basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF) exhibited higher expression in the adult wounds than at the ages p0 and p3. Expression typically peaked between 12 hrs and 3 days post-wounding, and was not detectable any more at days 10 and 30. The neonate specimen showed more rapid re-epithelialization, far less inflammation and scarring, and larger restitution of original tissue architecture than their adult counterparts, resembling a prenatal healing pattern. The results may encourage the use of neonatal rat skin as a wound-healing model for further studies, instead of the more complicated prenatal animal models. Secondly, the data may recommend inhibition of PDGF A, basic FGF or TGF-beta(1) as therapeutic targets in efforts to optimize wound healing in the adult organism.

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RGD ID: 2292158
Created: 2008-04-11
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2008-04-11
Status: ACTIVE



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