Skin wounds in the MRL/MPJ mouse heal with scar
ABSTRACT Adult MRL/MpJ mice regenerate cartilage during repair of through-and-through ear punch wounds. However, the ability of this mouse strain to heal isolated cutaneous wounds by regeneration or with scar is unknown. The purpose of this study was to characterize the rate of reepithelialization and collagen architecture in dermal wounds from MRL/MpJ mice compared with C57bl/6 and Balb/c strains. Full-thickness incisional (5 mm) and excisional (2 mm diameter) skin wounds were made on the dorsum of 7-week-old MRL/MpJ, C57bl/6, and Balb/c mice. Ear punch wounds were made simultaneously on each animal. Reepithelialization was complete by 48 hours for incisional skin wounds in each strain. All excisional wounds showed incomplete reepithelialization at 24, 48, and 72 hours. At 14 days, all skin wounds had grossly healed. In contrast to the ear wounds made in C57bl/6 and Balb/c mice, MRL/MpJ ear wounds were completely healed by day 28. Dorsal skin wound sections at 14 and 28 days revealed dense collagen deposition and similar degrees of fibrosis between the three strains of mice. In conclusion, in contrast to wound healing in the ear, MRL/MpJ mouse dorsal cutaneous wounds heal similarly to C57bl/6 and Balb/c mice with dermal collagen deposition and scar formation.
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ABSTRACT: Tissue regeneration is a complex trait with few genetic models available. Mouse strains LG/J and MRL are exceptional healers. Using recombinant inbred strains from a LG/J and SM/J (non-healer) intercross, we have previously shown a positive genetic correlation between ear-wound healing, knee cartilage regeneration and protection from osteoarthritis. We hypothesize that a common set of genes operates in tissue healing and articular cartilage regeneration. Taking advantage of archived histological sections from recombinant inbred strains, we analyzed expression of candidate genes through branched-chain DNA technology directly from tissue lysates. We determined broad-sense heritability of candidates, Pearson's correlation of candidates with healing phenotypes, and Ward's minimum variance cluster analysis for strains. A bioinformatic assessment of allelic polymorphisms within and near candidate genes was performed. The expression of several candidates was significantly heritable among strains. While several genes correlated with both ear-wound and cartilage healing at a marginal level, the expression of four genes representing DNA repair (Xrcc2, Pcna) and Wnt signaling (Axin2, Wnt16) pathways was significantly positively correlated with both phenotypes. Cluster analysis accurately classified healers and non-healers for seven out of eight strains based on gene expression. Specific sequence differences between LG/J and SM/J were identified as potential causal polymorphisms. Our study suggests a common genetic basis between tissue healing and osteoarthritis susceptibility. Mapping genetic variations causing differences in diverse healing responses in multiple tissues may reveal generic healing processes in pursuit of new therapeutic targets designed to induce or enhance regeneration and potentially protection from osteoarthritis.G3-Genes Genomes Genetics 09/2013; DOI:10.1534/g3.113.007302 · 2.51 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The MRL/MpJ mouse displays an accelerated ability to heal ear punch wounds without scar formation (whereas wounds on the dorsal surface of the trunk heal with scar formation), offering a rare opportunity for studying tissue regeneration in adult mammals. A blastema-like structure develops and subsequently the structure of the wounded ear is restored, including cartilage, skin, hair follicles and adipose tissue. We sought to assess if the MRL/MpJ strain also possessed an enhanced capacity for peripheral nerve regeneration. Female MRL/MpJ and C57BL/6 mice were wounded with a 2-mm excisional biopsy punch to the centre of each ear and two 4-mm excisional biopsy punches to the dorsal skin. Immunohistochemical dual staining of pan-neurofilament and CD31 markers was used to investigate reinnervation and vascularisation of both the dorsal surface of the trunk and ear wounds. The MRL/MpJ mouse ear exhibited a significantly (P > 0.01) higher density of regenerated nerves than C57BL/6 between 10 and 21 days post-wounding when the blastema-like structure was forming. Unlike dorsal skin wounds, nerve regeneration in the ear wound preceded vascularisation, recapitulating early mammalian development. Immunohistochemical data suggest that factors within the blastemal mesenchyme, such as aggrecan, may direct nerve regrowth in the regenerating ear tissue.Journal of Anatomy 10/2010; 218(2):163-72. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7580.2010.01313.x · 2.23 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The Xenopus tadpole is a favourable organism for regeneration research because it is suitable for a wide range of micromanipulative procedures and for a wide range of transgenic methods. Combination of these techniques enables genes to be activated or inhibited at specific times and in specific tissue types to a much higher degree than in any other organism capable of regeneration. Regenerating systems include the tail, the limb buds and the lens. The study of tail regeneration has shown that each tissue type supplies the cells for its own replacement: there is no detectable de-differentiation or metaplasia. Signalling systems needed for regeneration include the BMP and Notch signalling pathways, and perhaps also the Wnt and FGF pathways. The limb buds will regenerate completely at early stages, but not once they are fully differentiated. This provides a good opportunity to study the loss of regenerative ability using transgenic methods. (Part of a Multi-author Review)Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS 01/2007; 65(1):54-63. DOI:10.1007/s00018-007-7431-1 · 5.86 Impact Factor