Ultrastructural localization of integrin subunits beta4 and alpha3 within the migrating epithelial tongue of in vivo human wounds.

Subsequent to wounding, keratinocytes must quickly restore barrier function. In vitro wound models have served to elucidate mechanisms of epithelial closure and key roles for integrins alpha6beta4 and alpha3beta1. To extrapolate in vitro data to in vivo human tissues, we used ultrathin cryomicrotomy to simultaneously observe tissue ultrastructure and… CONTINUE READING