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Growth Factors. 2017 Dec;35(6):216-224. doi: 10.1080/08977194.2018.1435532. Epub 2018 Feb 15.

Combined effects of artificial dermis and vascular endothelial growth factor concentration gradient on wound healing in diabetic porcine model.

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a Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery , Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School , Nanjing , China.


Wounds in patients with diabetes mellitus are one of the most prevalent impaired wounds in the world. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is one of the most important proangiogenic mediators. Artificial dermal (AD) such as Pelnac® has been shown, in humans and animal models, a great therapeutic potential in full-thickness skin wounds. We attempt to promote the wound healing in diabetic porcine models through combined use of AD and constant concentration of VEGF or VEGF concentration gradient. We created full-thickness excisional wounds in diabetic animal models. Analyzed the healing process through images, histology and immunohistochemistry. Results show that the combination of AD and concentration gradient of VEGF could provide an appropriate angiogenesis, improve granulation formation, increase epithelization and maintain the VEGF levels of the wound bed. Eventually accelerate the direct healing of diabetic wounds or make good preparation for secondary skin graft.


VEGF; artificial dermal; concentration gradient; diabetic wound; wound healing

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