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World J Surg. 2003 Jan;27(1):54-61.

Fetal wound healing: current biology.

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Department of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota, Mayo Mail Code 450, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA.

Abstract

The early-gestation fetus heals dermal wounds rapidly and scarlessly. This phenomenon appears to be intrinsic to fetal skin and independent of the intrauterine environment. Unique properties of fetal cells, extracellular matrix, cytokine profile, and gene expression contribute to scarless repair. An intensive research effort has focused on unraveling the mechanisms that underlie scarless fetal wound healing in an attempt to improve the quality of healing in both children and adults.

PMID:
12557038
DOI:
10.1007/s00268-002-6737-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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