Immunophenotyping of skin cells during healing of suction blister injury

Dermatologica
M K ReuschV B Morhenn

Abstract

The time course of appearance and the dynamic changes of immunocompetent cells were assessed in human skin following sterile suction blister would healing. During epidermal regeneration, a local increase in Langerhans cells (LC) and the appearance of a mononuclear cell infiltrate were observed. Initially, T cells were exclusively of the T helper/inducer subtype, whereas during the later stages of the healing process an increasing number of cytotoxic/suppressor T cells (up to 30%) was observed. Keratinocytes of neither the adjacent nor the newly formed epidermis expressed HLA-DR over the course of the wound-healing process. Our results suggest that immune-competent cells such as T cells and LC may play an important role in the regulation of the wound-healing process.

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