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The macrophage-activating lipopeptide-2 accelerates wound healing in diabetic mice.

Wound healing in healthy individuals proceeds at an optimal rate. However, in patients, with -- e.g.-- locally impaired blood flow or diabetes, chronic wounds develop and often become infected. Chronic wounds mean a low quality of life for the afflicted patients, not to mention enormous costs. Rather than using recombinant growth factors to accelerate wound healing, we employed the toll-like receptor agonist macrophage-activating lipopeptide-2 (MALP-2) to improve the healing of full-thickness excision skin wounds in an animal model with obese, diabetic mice. A gene array experiment suggested that MALP-2 stimulates the release of various mediators involved in wound healing. Further data to be presented in this study will show (i) that MALP-2 is capable of stimulating the appearance of the monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 at the wound site, (ii) that this leads to increased leucocyte and, in particular, macrophage infiltration and (iii) that MALP-2-treated wounds closed 2 weeks earlier than vehicle-treated controls. MALP-2, thus, appears to stimulate the early inflammatory process needed to set in motion the ensuing consecutive natural steps of wound healing resulting in wound closure.[1]


  1. The macrophage-activating lipopeptide-2 accelerates wound healing in diabetic mice. Deiters, U., Barsig, J., Tawil, B., Mühlradt, P.F. Exp. Dermatol. (2004) [Pubmed]
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