Michael Tscharntke

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To address the functions of Rac1 in keratinocytes of the basal epidermal layer and in the outer root sheath of hair follicles, we generated transgenic mice expressing a dominant inhibitory mutant of Rac, N17Rac1, under the control of the keratin 14 promoter. These mice do not exhibit an overt skin phenotype but show protracted skin wound(More)
The lifelong self-renewal of the epidermis is driven by a progenitor cell population with high proliferative potential. To date, the upstream signals that determine this potential have remained largely elusive. Here, we find that insulin and insulin-like growth factor receptors (IR and IGF-1R) determine epidermal proliferative potential and cooperatively(More)
The small GTPase Rac1 is ubiquitously expressed in proliferating and differentiating layers of the epidermis and hair follicles. Previously, Rac1 was shown to regulate stem cell behaviour in these compartments. We have asked whether Rac1 has, in addition, a specific, stem-cell-independent function in the regulation of terminal hair follicle differentiation.(More)
Although it is known that growth factor signaling cascades are active during epithelial wound healing, signals that regulate reepithelialization after wounding are not very well characterized. The small GTP binding protein Ras is a molecular switch involved in the regulation of signals originating from different growth factor receptors. We have investigated(More)
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