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Wound Repair Regen. 2008 Jul-Aug;16(4):559-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-475X.2008.00403.x.

Development of an in vitro burn wound model.

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Association of Dutch Burn Centres, Beverwijk, The Netherlands.


Healing of a deeper burn wound is a complex process that often leads to scar formation. Skin wound model systems are important for the development of treatments preventing scarring. The aim of this study is to develop a standardized in vitro burn wound model that resembles the in vivo situation. A burn wound (10 x 2 mm) was made in ex vivo skin and the skin samples were cultured at the air-liquid interface for 7, 14, and 21 days. Cells in the skin biopsies maintained their viability during the 21-day culture period. During culture, reepithelialization of the wound took place from the surrounding tissue and fibroblasts migrated into the wound area. Cells of the epithelial tongue and fibroblasts near the wound margin were proliferating. During culture, skin-derived antileukoproteinase and keratin 17 were expressed only in the epithelial tongue. Both collagen type IV and laminin were present underneath the newly formed epidermis, indicating that the basement membrane was restored. These results show that the burn wound model has many similarities to in vivo wound healing. This burn wound model may be useful to study different aspects of wound healing and testing pharmaceuticals and cosmetics on, e.g., migration and reepithelialization.

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