Moor AN, Vachon DJ, Gould LJProteolytic activity in wound fluids and tissues derived from chronic venous leg ulcers. Wound Repair Regen 17:832-839

Department of Surgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA.
Wound Repair and Regeneration (Impact Factor: 2.75). 11/2009; 17(6):832-9. DOI: 10.1111/j.1524-475X.2009.00547.x
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Venous leg ulcers affect approximately 1% of the general population and 3.6% of those over the age of 65. The goal of the research described herein is to shorten the time to healing by developing wound care alternatives that are based on a comprehensive understanding of the venous ulcer wound environment. The proteolytic and inflammatory components in wound fluids and tissue biopsy samples were characterized in subjects with documented long-standing venous ulcers that had showed resistance to standard therapy. All wounds showed polymicrobial colonization with greater than 10(6) CFU/g. Myeloperoxidase, a measure of leukocyte infiltration, was also markedly elevated in these wounds. Zymography revealed the presence of both pro-matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and pro-MMP-9 in wound fluids and to a lesser extent in tissue biopsies. Using an immunocapture activity assay we reveal a sevenfold excess of MMP-9 in wound fluid as compared to tissue, with 73% in the activated form. In contrast, MMP-8 total protein levels were nearly equal in wound fluids and biopsies. Fibronectin, a critical component of the extracellular matrix, was shown to be degraded in both wound fluids and biopsy samples. Finally, the potential of a novel wound dressing to neutralize several constituents of this hostile wound environment is shown.

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    • "The analysis of wound fluid (WF) provides a direct insight into the local extracellular microenvironment of a wound [2]. In the last years, several proteins, especially inflammatory mediators, growth factors and cytokines [3] [4], proteases [5] [6], and oxidative stress related proteins [7] [8], were identified in WF which can be used to characterize and classify the effect on different phases of the wound healing process and thereby can be used as predictive and diagnostic tools. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanisms in wound healing disturbance are not completely understood and so far none of the potential biomarkers for dysregulated wound healing was established obtained desorbates were highly concentrated, contained up to 100 micrograms of total protein, required no further purification, and were sufficient for a reproducible analysis of more than 500 proteins by in-gel separation and proteolytic digestion followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GeLC-MS/MS). "
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    • "The vast majority of cutaneous chronic wounds clinically present as venous, pressure, and diabetic ulcers (Mustoe, 2004). Chronic wounds show persistent inflammation devoid of a proliferative phase, poor deposition of matrix components, and failure to heal in a defined time line (Moor et al., 2009; Palolahti et al., 1993; Wilkinson et al., 1993). The pathogenesis of chronic wounds is multifactorial and mostly associated to underlying conditions related to age and diabetes or both, for example, reduced gene transcription with increasing age causes reduced protein synthesis and nonenzymatic glycosylation of proteins plus microvascular dysfunction in diabetes can retard growth factor function and alter vascularization, respectively (Algenstaedt et al., 2003; Sen, 2009; Wheaton et al., 1996). "
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