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J Cell Biochem. 1991 Mar;45(3):245-51.

Epidermis generated in vitro: practical considerations and applications.

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Organogenesis Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142.


The technology for culture of epidermis is one of the most advanced to date for generation of a tissue in vitro. Cultured epidermis is already used for a number of applications ranging from use as a permanent skin replacement to use as an organotypic culture model for toxicity testing and basic research. While simple epidermal sheets have been grafted successfully, more advanced models for skin replacement consisting of both dermal and epidermal components are in development and being tested in a number of laboratories. One of the most advanced in vitro models is the living skin equivalent, an organotypic model consisting of a collagen lattice contracted and nourished by dermal fibroblasts overlaid with a fully formed epidermis.

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