Turning wound cells into skin cells may help doctors heal ulcers

Sept. 6 (UPI) —┬áScientists have developed a technique to convert cells in open wounds into skin cells as an alternative to plastic surgery for treatment of large cutaneous ulcers.

 

The method involves reprogramming the cells into a stem-cell-like state for healing skin damage, including severe burns, bedsores or chronic diseases such as diabetes. The researchers at the Salk Institute also see this process as a way to counter the effects of aging and better understanding skin cancer.

Their findings were published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

“This knowledge might not only be useful for enhancing skin repair but could also serve to guide in vivo regenerative strategies in other human pathological situations, as well as during aging, in which tissue repair is impaired,” senior author Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor at he Salk Institute, said in a press release … read more