The objective of the study was to observe the effects of tissue-engineered skin in combination with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and other preparations on the repair of large skin wound on nude mice.
We first prepared PRP from venous blood by density-gradient centrifugation. Large skin wounds were created surgically on the dorsal part of nude mice. The wounds were then treated with either artificial skin, tissue-engineered skin, tissue-engineered skin combined with basic fibroblast growth factor, tissue-engineered skin combined with epidermal growth factor, or tissue-engineered skin combined with PRP. Tissue specimens were collected at different time intervals after surgery. Hematoxylin-eosin and periodic acid-Schiff staining and immunohistochemistry were performed to assess the rate of wound healing.
Macroscopic observations, hematoxylin-eosin/periodic acid-Schiff staining, and immunohistochemistry revealed that the wounds treated with tissue-engineered skin in combination with PRP showed the most satisfactory wound recovery, among the 5 groups.