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      Molecular Mechanisms and In Vivo Mouse Models of Skin Aging Associated with Dermal Matrix Alterations

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          Skin is the most superficial body organ and plays an important role in protecting the body from environmental damage and in forming social relations. With the increase of the aging population in our society, dermatological and cosmetic concerns of skin aging are rapidly increasing. Skin aging is a complex process combined with intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic or chronological skin aging results from the passage of time and is influenced by genetic factors. Extrinsic skin aging is mainly determined by UV irradiation, also called photoaging. These two types of aging processes are superimposed on sun-exposed skin, and have a common feature of causing dermal matrix alterations that mostly contribute to the formation of wrinkles, laxity, and fragility of aged skin. The dermal matrix contains extracellular matrix proteins such as collagen, elastin, and proteoglycans that confer the strength and resiliency of skin. Skin aging associated with dermal matrix alterations and atrophy can be caused by cellular senescence of dermal cells like fibroblasts, and decreased synthesis and accelerated degradation of dermal matrix components, especially collagen fibers. Both intrinsic aging and photoaging exert influence during each step of dermal matrix alteration via different mechanisms. Mouse models of skin aging have been extensively developed to elucidate intrinsic aging and photoaging processes, to validate in vitro biochemical data, and to test the effects of pharmacological tools for retarding skin aging because they have the advantages of being genetically similar to humans and are easily available.

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                Journal
                Lab Anim Res
                LAR
                Laboratory Animal Research
                Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science
                1738-6055
                2233-7660
                March 2011
                25 March 2011
                : 27
                : 1
                : 1-8
                Affiliations
                Laboratory of Veterinary Biochemistry and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Republic of Korea.
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Kyung-Chul Choi, Laboratory of Veterinary Biochemistry and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungbuk National University, 410 Seongbongro (Gaesin-dong), Cheongju, Chungbuk 361-763, Republic of Korea. Tel: +82-43-261-3664, Fax: +82-43-267-3150, kchoi@ 123456cbu.ac.kr
                Article
                10.5625/lar.2011.27.1.1
                3145984
                21826153
                Copyright © 2011 Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                collagen, intrinsic skin aging, mouse model, dermal matrix alterations, photoaging

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