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In order to understand the role of T cells in postinjury fibroplasia, we have studied wound healing in congenitally athymic nude mice that lack a normally developed T cell system. Healing of incisional wounds, as assessed by wound breaking strength, was significantly stronger in nude mice compared with normal thymus-bearing animals. This was accompanied by(More)
To further define the role of the thymus in wound healing, we studied the effects of two thymic hormones on fibroplasia in normal euthymic and in nude athymic mice. Groups of 10 mice underwent a 2.5 cm dorsal skin incision with subcutaneous placement of polyvinyl alcohol sponges. Starting on the day of wounding, the following daily injections were given:(More)
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