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      A prospective randomised comparative parallel study of amniotic membrane wound graft in the management of diabetic foot ulcers

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          Our purpose was to compare healing characteristics of diabetic foot ulcers treated with dehydrated human amniotic membrane allografts (EpiFix®, MiMedx, Kennesaw, GA) versus standard of care. An IRB-approved, prospective, randomised, single-centre clinical trial was performed. Included were patients with a diabetic foot ulcer of at least 4-week duration without infection having adequate arterial perfusion. Patients were randomised to receive standard care alone or standard care with the addition of EpiFix. Wound size reduction and rates of complete healing after 4 and 6 weeks were evaluated. In the standard care group ( n = 12) and the EpiFix group ( n = 13) wounds reduced in size by a mean of 32·0% ± 47·3% versus 97·1% ± 7·0% ( P < 0·001) after 4 weeks, whereas at 6 weeks wounds were reduced by −1·8% ± 70·3% versus 98·4% ± 5·8% ( P < 0·001), standard care versus EpiFix, respectively. After 4 and 6 weeks of treatment the overall healing rate with application of EpiFix was shown to be 77% and 92%, respectively, whereas standard care healed 0% and 8% of the wounds ( P < 0·001), respectively. Patients treated with EpiFix achieved superior healing rates over standard treatment alone. These results show that using EpiFix in addition to standard care is efficacious for wound healing.

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          To identify the potential antiangiogenic and antiinflammatory proteins expressed in human amniotic membrane tissue. Human amniotic epithelial and mesenchymal cells were isolated from human amniotic membranes by sequential trypsin and collagenase digestion. Total RNAs were harvested from freshly obtained human amniotic epithelial and mesenchymal cells. Antiangiogenic and antiinflammatory proteins were detected by the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technique and further confirmed by DNA sequencing of PCR-amplified transcripts. The distribution of tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase (TIMPs) were studied further by immunohistochemistry performed on paraffin-embedded amniotic membrane tissue. RT-PCR results showed that both human amniotic epithelial and mesenchymal cells express interleukin-1 receptor antagonist, all four TIMPs, collagen XVIII, and interleukin-10. Thrombospondin-1 was expressed in all of the epithelial cell specimens and in one out of five mesenchymal cell specimens. Furthermore, immunohistochemistry studies performed on freshly prepared amniotic membrane confirmed that all members of the TIMP family were present in epithelial and mesenchymal cells as well as in the compact layer of the amniotic stroma. In cryopreserved amniotic membranes, positive staining was seen in residual amniotic cells and stroma. Human amniotic membrane epithelial and mesenchymal cells express various antiangiogenic and antiinflammatory proteins. Some of those proteins also were found in amniotic membrane stroma. These findings may explain in part the antiangiogenic and antiinflammatory effects of amniotic membrane transplantation.
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              Suppression of transforming growth factor-beta isoforms, TGF-beta receptor type II, and myofibroblast differentiation in cultured human corneal and limbal fibroblasts by amniotic membrane matrix.

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              Down-regulation of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) signaling system is a strategy for preventing scarring during wound healing. Human corneal and limbal fibroblasts were cultured on the stromal matrix side of preserved human amniotic membrane. The levels of TGF-beta1, beta2, and beta3 and TGF-beta type II receptor transcripts and TGF-beta1 and beta2 proteins were suppressed as early as 8 hr and more dramatically at 24 hr after contact with an amniotic membrane. This suppressive effect was accompanied by down-regulation of alpha-smooth muscle actin, EDA spliced form of fibronectin, and integrin alpha5. It persisted even when challenged by 10 ng/ml TGF-beta1. In contrast with their counterparts grown on plastic or in collagen gel, such suppression in amniotic membrane cultures remained complete after 1 week of culturing. Cells cultured on amniotic membrane showed significantly reduced [3H]-thymidine incorporation compared to cells cultured on plastic and displayed no DNA fragmentation. These results reveal a novel mechanism by which the TGF-beta signaling system, DNA synthesis, and subsequent myofibroblast differentiation can be suppressed by an amnionic membrane matrix. This action explains in part the antiscarring results of amniotic membrane transplantation used for ocular surface reconstruction, a surgical technique applicable to other subspecialties. It may also explain in part why fetal wound healing is scarless.

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                Int Wound J
                Int Wound J
                International Wound Journal
                Blackwell Publishing Ltd (Oxford, UK )
                October 2013
                07 June 2013
                : 10
                : 5
                : 502-507
                [1 ]Department of Clinical Research, Professional Education and Research Institute, Inc. Roanoke, VA, USA
                [2 ]Department of Clinical Research, SerenaGroup Wound and Hyperbaric Centers Warren, PA, USA
                [3 ]Department of Medical Affairs, MiMedx Kennesaw, GA, USA
                Author notes
                Correspondence to: CM Zelen DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM, FAPWCA, Medical Director, Professional Education and Research Institute, Inc., 222 Walnut Ave., Roanoke, VA, USA, E-mail: cmzelen@ 123456periedu.com
                © 2013 The Authors. International Wound Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Medicalhelplines.com Inc

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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