Epidermal stem cells cultured on collagen-modified chitin membrane induce in Situ tissue regeneration of full-thickness skin defects in mice

Y. Shen, L. Dai, X. Li, R. Liang, G. Guan, Z. Zhang, W. Cao, Z. Liu, S. Mei, W. Liang, S. Qin, Jiake Xu, H. Chen

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    Abstract

    A Large scale of full-thickness skin defects is lack of auto-grafts and which requires the engineered skin substitutes for repair and regeneration. One major obstacle in skin tissue engineering is to expand epidermal stem cells (ESCs) and develop functional substitutes. The other one is the scaffold of the ESCs. Here, we applied type I collagen-modified chitin membrane to form collagen-chitin biomimetic membrane (C-CBM), which has been proved to have a great biocompatibility and degraded totally when it was subcutaneously transplanted into rat skin. ESCs were cultured, and the resulting biofilm was used to cover full-thickness skin defects in nude mice. The transplantation of ESCs- collagen- chitn biomimetic membrane (ESCs-C-CBM) has achieved in situ skin regeneration. In nude mice, compared to controls with collagen-chitin biomimetic membrane (C-CBM) only, the ESCs-C-CBM group had significantly more dermatoglyphs on the skin wound 10 w after surgery, and the new skin was relatively thick, red and elastic. In vivo experiments showed obvious hair follicle cell proliferation in the full-thickness skin defect. Stem cell markers examination showed active ESCs in repair and regeneration of skin. The results indicate that the collagen-modified chitin membrane carry with ESCs has successfully regenerated the whole skin with all the skin appendages and function. © 2014 Shen et al.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-14
    JournalPLoS One
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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