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In nontumorigenic mammary epithelial cells (EpH4), transforming growth factor-beta (TGFbeta1) causes cell cycle arrest/apoptosis, but induces epitheliomesenchymal transition (EMT) in Ha-Ras-transformed EpH4 cells (EpRas). EMT is closely correlated with late-stage tumor progression and results in fibroblastic, migratory cells displaying a mesenchymal gene(More)
PURPOSE Human autologous tissue-engineered skin grafts are a promising way to cover skin defects. Clearly, it is mandatory to study essential biological dynamics after transplantation, including reinnervation. Previously, we have already shown that human tissue-engineered skin analogs are reinnervated by host nerve fibers as early as 8 weeks after(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative systemic immune function is suppressed after open abdominal surgery, as compared with that after minimally invasive abdominal surgery. As a first line of defense, peritoneal macrophages (PMo) and polymorphonuclear neutrophil granulocytes (PMNs) are of primary importance in protecting the body from microorganisms. Previous studies(More)
PURPOSE In some human fetuses undergoing prenatal spina bifida repair, the skin defect is too large for primary closure. The aim of this study was to engineer an autologous fetal skin analogue suitable for in utero skin reconstruction during spina bifida repair. METHODS Keratinocytes (KC) and fibroblasts (FB) isolated from skin biopsies of 90-day-old(More)
In our laboratory, we have been using human pigmented dermo-epidermal skin substitutes for short-term experiments since several years. Little is known, however, about the long-term biology of such constructs after transplantation. We constructed human, melanocyte-containing dermo-epidermal skin substitutes of different (light and dark) pigmentation types(More)
We screened a series of antibodies for their exclusive binding to the human hair follicle bulge. In a second step these antibodies were to be used to identify basal keratinocytes and potential epithelial stem cells in the human epidermis and in engineered skin substitutes. Of all the antibodies screened, we identified only one, designated C8/144B, that(More)
Eccrine sweat glands are generally considered to be a possible epidermal stem cell source. Here we compared the multilayered epithelia formed by epidermal keratinocytes and those formed by eccrine sweat gland cells. We demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo the capability of human eccrine sweat gland cells to form a stratified interfollicular epidermis(More)
The major problem in skin grafting is that tissue-engineered skin grafts after their transplantation are initially entirely dependent on diffusion. Since this process is slow and inefficient, nutrients, growth factors, and oxygen will insufficiently be supplied and the regenerating graft will undergo a physiological crisis, resulting in scar-like dermal(More)
PURPOSE Autologous skin substitutes to cover large skin defects are used since several years. Melanocytes, although essential for solar protection and pigmentation of skin, are not yet systematically added to such substitutes. In this experimental study, we reconstructed melanocyte-containing dermo-epidermal skin substitutes from donor skins of different(More)
PURPOSE Dermal templates, such as Matriderm® and Integra®, are widely used in plastic and reconstructive surgery, often as two-step procedures. A recent development is the application of thin dermal templates covered with split thickness skin grafts in one-step procedures. In this experimental study, we compare the two thin matrices Matriderm® 1 mm and(More)