The role of inflammation in cutaneous repair

Rohl, J., Zaharia, A., Rudolph, M., & Murray, R.Z. (2015) The role of inflammation in cutaneous repair. Wound Practice and Research, 23(1), pp. 8-15.

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Inflammation is a fundamental component of the normal adult wound healing response occurring even in the absence of infection. It performs many beneficial roles such as the clearing of damaged cells and extracellular matrix (ECM), the removal of pathogens that might other wise multiply and spread, and the secretion of mediators that regulate other aspects of wound healing such as proliferation, re-epithelialisation and wound remodelling. Yet, excess and/or prolonged inflammation is detrimental to wound healing and leads to increased fibrosis and scarring, which can be disfiguring and, in cases such as contractures, can lead to disability. Furthermore, excessive inflammation is a major contributing factor to the persistence of chronic non-healing wounds, which are “stuck” in the inflammatory phase of healing and fail to reepithelialise. Current research suggest that the type of immune cells, their timing and the level of inflammation in a wound could have dramatic effect on whether a wound heals in a timely fashion and the final quality of the repaired tissue. Studies suggest that altering the level of inflammation might be beneficial in terms of reducing scarring and improving the rate of healing in chronic wounds. This review looks at the role of the major immune cells in normal and impaired wound healing and strategies that might be used to reduce inflammation in wounds.

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ID Code: 84387
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Inflammation, Tissue repair, Skin, Macrophage
ISSN: 1837-6304
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY (060100) > Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified (060199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > IMMUNOLOGY (110700) > Innate Immunity (110707)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > IMMUNOLOGY (110700) > Immunology not elsewhere classified (110799)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Cambridge Media
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2015 02:37
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2015 21:18

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