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Cytoskeletal Regulation of Dermal Regeneration
Wound Healing Laboratory, Women's and Children's Health Research Institute, 72 King William Road, North Adelaide, South Australia 5006, Australia
Discipline of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia
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Received: 31 August 2012; in revised form: 15 November 2012 / Accepted: 4 December 2012 / Published: 19 December 2012
Abstract: Wound healing results in the repair of injured tissues however fibrosis and scar formation are, more often than not the unfortunate consequence of this process. The ability of lower order vertebrates and invertebrates to regenerate limbs and tissues has been all but lost in mammals; however, there are some instances where glimpses of mammalian regenerative capacity do exist. Here we describe the unlocked potential that exists in mammals that may help us understand the process of regeneration post-injury and highlight the potential role of the actin cytoskeleton in this process. The precise function and regulation of the cytoskeleton is critical to the success of the healing process and its manipulation may therefore facilitate regenerative healing. The gelsolin family of actin remodelling proteins in particular has been shown to have important functions in wound healing and family member Flightless I (Flii) is involved in both regeneration and repair. Understanding the interactions between different cytoskeletal proteins and their dynamic control of processes including cellular adhesion, contraction and motility may assist the development of therapeutics that will stimulate regeneration rather than repair.
Keywords: cytoskeleton; flightless I; gelsolin; skin regeneration; repair
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Strudwick, X.L.; Cowin, A.J. Cytoskeletal Regulation of Dermal Regeneration. Cells 2012, 1, 1313-1327.
Strudwick XL, Cowin AJ. Cytoskeletal Regulation of Dermal Regeneration. Cells. 2012; 1(4):1313-1327.
Strudwick, Xanthe L.; Cowin, Allison J. 2012. "Cytoskeletal Regulation of Dermal Regeneration." Cells 1, no. 4: 1313-1327.