Facilitating skin healing, minimizing the aesthetic impact on the patient and restoring optimal tissue function remain wound healing management concerns for the dermatological and cosmetic industry.
Wound healing is a complex and multi-step process based on the dialogue between numerous cellular actors.
A good knowledge and understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the healing process participating in skin regeneration are fundamental for the development of wound care therapies (APIs, biosimilars, formulations, medical devices). QIMA Life Sciences can provide you with more than 20 years of experience in skin biology and in vitro testing. Here are some of the approaches we offer in the field of wound healing and skin regeneration for the evaluation of wound healing products.
Wound healing and skin regeneration: in vitro models and assays
QIMA Life Sciences has many in vitro or ex vivo models at your disposal:
- Cell lines
- Peripheral blood immune cells (PBMCs and purifed blood cell populations: subpopulations of T lymphocytes, monocytes, polymorphonuclear cells, etc.)
- Macrophages and monocyte-derived dendritic cells
- Normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEK)
- Normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDF)
- Mesenchymal stem cells
- Microvascular endothelial cells
- Normal human epidermal melanocytes (NHEM)
- Sensory neurons
- Reconstructed human epidermis (RHE)
- Dermal equivalents
- Skin explants (ex vivo)
on which we can evaluate the pro-healing effect of active compounds, formulations or medical devices by measuring:
- Inflammatory response, cleaning of skin wounds and innate immunity
- Neovascularization and neuritogenesis
- Extracellular matrix synthesis, fibrosis and myofibroblast interaction
- Dermal remodeling and epidermal differentiation
Among all the standard assays proposed by QIMA Life Sciences in the field of wound healing and skin regeneration, here are a few examples:
Wound healing, granulation phase and maturation phaseWound healing
The third phase of wound healing, consisting in the replacement of the provisional fibrin matrix with granulation tissue once the wound has been debrided, includes several sub-phases: re-epithelialization, fibroplasia, collagen deposition and angiogenesis.
Wound healing, hemostasis phase and inflammatory phaseWound healing
The inflammatory phase is characterized by the sequential infiltration of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs), monocytes/macrophages and lymphocytes. IL-8 facilitates PMNs migration from surrounding blood vessels.
Wound healing, overviewWound healing
Wound healing is a complex and dynamic process of restoring skin cellular structures and tissue layers that involves multiple components: differentiated cells , stem cells , hair follicles, extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, cytokines networks, microRNAs , blood vessels, nerves and mechanical forces.
Study of proliferation and 3D epidermal reconstruction from foreskin, auricular and trunk keratinocytes in childrenWound healing
Our studies highlight the potential of foreskin tissue for autograft applications in boys. A suitable alternative donor site for autologous cell transplantation in female paediatric burn patients remains an open question in our department. We tested the hypothesis that in vitro studies and RHE reconstructive capacities of cells from different body sites can be helpful to select an optimal site for keratinocyte isolation before considering graft protocols for girls.
Epidermal healing in burns: autologous keratinocyte transplantation as a standard procedure: update and perspectiveWound healing
In the contexte of skin graft, cell suspensions transplanted directly to the wound is an attractive process, removing the need for attachment to a membrane before transfer and avoiding one potential source of inefficiency. Choosing an optimal donor site containing cells with high proliferative capacity is essential for graft success in burns.
Foreskin-isolated keratinocytes provide successful extemporaneous autologous paediatric skin graftsWound healing
We report a successful method for grafting paediatric males presenting large severe burns through direct spreading of autologous foreskin keratinocytes. This alternative method is easy to implement, improves the quality of skin and minimizes associated donor site morbidity. in vitro studies have highlighted the potential of foreskin tissue for graft applications and could help in tissue selection with the prospect of grafting burns for girls.
Quantitative and qualitative study in keratinocytes from foreskin in children: Perspective application in paediatric burnsWound healing
Keratinocytes from foreskin have a high capacity for division. A potential source of cells to provide coverage in paediatric burns.
Human embryonic stem-cell derivatives for full reconstruction of the pluristratified epidermis: a preclinical studyCell and tissue engineering, Dermatology, Pharmacology, Wound healing
To assess whether the keratinocyte progeny of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) could be used to form a temporary skin substitute for use in patients awaiting autologous grafts, we investigated the cells’ capability of constructing a pluristratified epidermis.
Cultured keratinocyte cells from foreskin and future application for burns in childrenWound healing
The keratinocytes resulting from foreskin have a high capacity of division. These cells can divide a long time before differentiation. The observations enable us to propose with our patients the keratinocytes from foreskin for wound healing especially for burns in children.
Stimulation of the proliferation of human dermal fibroblasts in vitro by a lipidocolloid dressingWound healing
The effect of Urgotul on normal human dermal fibroblast proliferation was studied in vitro and compared with that of two other dressing: Mepitel and Tulle Gras.