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Br J Surg. 1991 Nov;78(11):1286-90.

Peptide growth factors and wound healing.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Liverpool, UK.

Abstract

Growth factors and cytokines are important signal transducers in wound microenvironments. Experimental data are accumulating rapidly which demonstrate their ability to influence populations of polymorphs and macrophages to migrate to the wound, subsequently to be replaced by synthetic cells which produce collagen and matrix; these events are controlled sequentially at cell receptor level by a variety of locally delivered (paracrine and autocrine) peptides. Preliminary results from clinical trials using recombinant human growth factors to improve cutaneous healing are encouraging. Current research aims to produce growth preparations which can be applied to a wound to accelerate healing.

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