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Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2006;19(5):266-74. Epub 2006 Jun 16.

Accelerated healing of excisional skin wounds by PL 14736 in alloxan-hyperglycemic rats.

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PLIVA Research Institute Ltd., Zagreb, Croatia.


PL 14736 is a synthetic peptide, originally isolated from human gastric juice, that has anti-inflammatory and tissue-protective actions in experimental models of gastrointestinal inflammation. To investigate its possible benefit in poorly healing skin wounds, the effects of the topical application of PL 14736 in a gel formulation have been studied on full-thickness excisional wounds in rats, either healthy or made hyperglycemic by alloxan (175 mg/kg s.c.) 5 days previously. The effects of becaplermin gel (platelet-derived growth factor, PDGF-BB, Regranex, a standard therapy for diabetic foot ulcers, were investigated for comparison. Healing was evaluated for up to 7 days after wounding, using digital planimetry analysis, macroscopic scoring and histology. While healing was too rapid in healthy rats to observe enhancement by either treatment, in the hyperglycemic rats which exhibited delayed healing, PL 14736 (10-1,000 microg/wound) produced a dose-dependent acceleration of wound healing (determined by macroscopic scoring) equivalent at the highest doses to that observed with becaplermin. The beneficial effect on healing was associated with increased deposition of organized granulation tissue by day 7 for both PL 14736 and becaplermin, as determined histologically. PL 14736 tended to have a greater effect than becaplermin on the formation of granulation tissue containing mature collagen. Wound contraction, as measured by planimetry, was not significantly affected. In conclusion, topical PL 14736 produces a dose-dependent acceleration of deficient skin wound healing in hyperglycemic rats by facilitating granulation tissue formation, similar to the response seen with topical becaplermin, the standard therapy for diabetic skin wounds. PL 14736 may represent an alternative therapy for delayed wound healing, such as that seen with diabetic foot ulcers, without the proliferative concerns or immunogenicity associated with growth factors.

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