Production of a Bilayered Self-Assembled Skin Substitute Using a Tissue-Engineered Acellular Dermal Matrix
Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
Our bilayered self-assembled skin substitutes (SASS) are skin substitutes showing a structure and functionality very similar to native human skin. These constructs are used, in life threatening burn wounds, as permanent autologous grafts for the treatment of such affected patients even though their production is exacting. We thus intended to shorten their current production time to improve their clinical applicability. A self-assembled decellularized dermal matrix was used. It allowed the
... t allowed the production of an autologous skin substitute from patient's cells. The characterization of SASS reconstructed using a decellularized dermal matrix (SASS-DM) was performed by histology, immunofluorescence, transmission electron microscopy and uniaxial tensile analysis. Using the SASS-DM, it was possible to reduce the standard production time from about eight to four weeks and a half. The structure, cell differentiation and mechanical properties of the new skin substitutes were shown to be similar to the SASS. The decellularization process had no influence on the final microstructure and mechanical properties of the dermal matrix. This model, by enabling the production of a skin substitute in a shorter time frame without compromising its intrinsic tissue properties, represents a promising addition to the currently available burn and wound treatments.