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Secreted factors from keloid keratinocytes modulate collagen deposition by fibroblasts from normal and fibrotic tissue: A pilot study


Interactions between keratinocytes and fibroblasts in the skin layers are crucial in normal tissue development, wound healing, and scarring. This study has investigated the role of keloid keratinocytes in regulating collagen production by primary fibroblasts in vitro. Keloid cells were obtained from removed patients’ tissue whereas normal skin cells were discarded tissue obtained from elective surgery procedures. Fibroblasts and keratinocytes were isolated, cultured, and a transwell co-culture system were used to investigate the effect of keratinocytes on collagen production using a ‘scar-in-a-jar’ model. Keloid fibroblasts produced significantly more collagen than normal skin fibroblasts in monoculture at the RNA, secreted protein, and stable fibrillar protein level. When keloid keratinocytes were added to normal skin fibroblasts, expression of collagen was significantly upregulated in most samples, but when added to keloid fibroblasts, collagen I production was significantly reduced. Interestingly, keloid keratinocytes appear to decrease collagen production by keloid fibroblasts. This suggests that signaling in both keratinocytes and fibroblasts is disrupted in keloid pathology.


keloids, keratinocytes, collagen type, wound healing, fibroblasts, coculture techniques

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