Keratinocyte Growth Factor 1 Inhibits Wound Edge Epithelial Cell Apoptosis In Vitro

Firth, James D.; Putnins, Edward E.
January 2004
Journal of Investigative Dermatology;Jan2004, Vol. 122 Issue 1, p222
Academic Journal
The ability of keratinocyte growth factor 1 to modulate apoptosis in the absence of proliferation was studied in vitro. A HaCaT scrape wound model was developed in which dense monolayers prior to wounding were cultured to quiescence in defined media with hydroxyurea at concentrations that blocked proliferation without loss of cell viability. Scrape wounding was then found to induce apoptosis, originating at the wound edge, but subsequently radiating away over a 24 h period to encompass areas not originally damaged. Keratinocyte growth factor 1 inhibited this radial progression of apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner up to 20 ng per mL with induced migration present at the wound edge. The extent of this rescue was modulated by the concentration of Ca2+ prior to wounding. In control wound cultures apoptotic bodies were found in cells adjacent to the wound interface but were greatly reduced in keratinocyte-growth-factor-1-treated groups. Keratinocyte growth factor 1 receptor expression was significantly induced within two to three cell widths of the scraped wound edge, at levels far exceeding those found at the leading edge of a nonwounded epithelial sheet. Tumor necrosis factor α (1–5 ng per mL) or Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide (10–50 ng per mL) exacerbated scrape-induced early apoptosis (1–4 h), but was largely ameliorated by coculture with keratinocyte growth factor 1. Keratinocyte growth factor 1 protection was associated with a reduction in both caspase-3 activation and cytokeratin-19 loss. Protected wound edges were also associated with the maintenance of e-cadherin expression and induction of β1 integrin and actin stress fiber organization. These results suggest that keratinocyte growth factor 1 may play a role in limiting mechanically induced apoptotic processes at the epithelial wound edge in a manner that is distinct from its proliferative function.


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