Apligraf in the Treatment of Neuropathic Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic Foot Clinic, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, United Kingdom.
The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds (Impact Factor: 0.93). 02/2009; 8(1):11-8. DOI: 10.1177/1534734609331597
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This study compared the efficacy and safety of Apligraf (Organogenesis, Inc., Canton, MA) in combination with standard therapy versus standard therapy alone in the treatment of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers. Efficacy was assessed by time to complete wound healing (by 12 weeks) and incidence of complete wound closure (at 12 weeks). This was an international multi-center, randomized, controlled study. Patients were eligible for entry into the study if the following criteria were met: type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus, age 18 to 80 years, adequate glycemic control, and the presence of a full-thickness neuropathic ulcer for at least 2 weeks prior to the initial screening visit. Following the 2-week screening period, the 2 treatment groups received standard ulcer care consistent with international treatment guidelines that comprised sharp debridement, saline-moistened dressings, and a non-weight bearing regimen. There were 106 subjects screened for enrollment, 82 randomized to the treatment groups, and 72 treated (33 Apligraf subjects and 39 standard therapy subjects) before the study was terminated. Kaplan-Meier curves indicated a trend for shorter time to complete wound healing in the Apligraf group compared with the standard therapy group (p = .059; log-rank test). The median time to healing was 84 days in the Apligraf group, whereas no median time to healing could be determined for the standard therapy group because <50% of the standard therapy subjects healed. By 12 weeks, 51.5% (17/33) Apligraf subjects had achieved complete wound closure compared with 26.3% (10/38) of standard therapy subjects (p = .049; Fisher's exact test). Even though the study was halted prematurely, this study suggested that the use of Apligraf resulted in a higher incidence of wound closure by 12 weeks.

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    • "Several studies have described the use of Apligraf (Organogenesis Inc, Canton, MA) for treatment of DFU.20–23 Apligraf is a living bioengineered dressing that is bilayered, with cultured keratinocytes placed on the surface of a fibroblast-populated lattice made from type 1 bovine collagen. Edmonds21 studied 82 DFU patients with wounds present for at least 2 weeks. Following a 2-week screening period, patients were randomized to either a treatment group receiving Apligraf or a control group receiving sharp debridement, non-weight-bearing activity, and saline wet-to-dry dressings. "
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    ABSTRACT: Diabetic foot ulcers are a major source of morbidity, limb loss, and mortality. A prolonged inflammatory response, extracellular matrix degradation irregularities, and increased bacteria presence have all been hypothesized as major contributing factors in the delayed healing of diabetic wounds. Collagen components such as fibroblast and keratinocytes are fundamental to the process of wound healing and skin formation. Wound dressings that contain collagen products create a biological scaffold matrix that supports the regulation of extracellular components and promotes wound healing. A systematic review of studies reporting collagen wound dressings used in the treatment of Diabetic foot ulcers was conducted. Comprehensive searches were run in Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, and ISI Web of Science to capture citations pertaining to the use of collagen wound dressings in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. The searches were limited to human studies reported in English. Using our search strategy, 26 papers were discussed, and included 13 randomized designs, twelve prospective cohorts, and one retrospective cohort, representing 2386 patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Our design was not a formal meta-analysis. In those studies where complete epithelialization, 58% of collagen-treated wounds completely healed (weighted mean 67%). Only 23% of studies reported control group healing with 29% healing (weighted mean 11%) described for controls. Collagen-based wound dressings can be an effective tool in the healing of diabetic foot wounds. The current studies show an overall increase in healing rates despite limitations in study designs. This study suggests that future works focus on biofilms and extracellular regulation, and include high risk patients.
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    • "Many studies reported that patients treated with skin substitutes, which acted as a temporary biological dressing, had a significantly faster wound closure time compared to their respective control groups. [13], [14], [15], [19], [20]. MyDerm™ is a fully autologous living bilayered skin substitutes that can be integrated completely with the patient's skin after grafting, thus is expected to have comparatively faster wound closer. "
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    • "Following these technological breakthroughs , multiple collagen-based biomaterials were developed and designed for clinical and experimental purposes. The use of collagen gels (Apligraft™), collagen sponges (Integra™) and decellularized collagenous tissues (Alloderm™) have all been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and shown to improve wound healing in clinical applications [9] [10] [11] [12]. These 3-D scaffolds and their derivatives were also used for multiple cell migration, proliferation and differentiation studies, since they allow cell culture in a physiologically and spatially relevant environment [13] [14] [15] [16]. "
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