To further define the role of the thymus in wound healing, we studied the effects of two thymic hormones on fibroplasia in normal euthymic and in nude athymic mice. Groups of 10 mice underwent a 2.5 cm dorsal skin incision with subcutaneous placement of polyvinyl alcohol sponges. Starting on the day of wounding, the following daily injections were given: (1) thymopentin (TP5), an active synthetic pentapeptide of thymopoietin, a naturally occurring thymic hormone (1 μg/day/im); (2) thymulin or facteur thymique serique (FTS), a naturally occurring circulating thymic hormone (0.2 μg/day/im); (3) control saline solution (0.7 ml/day/im). All mice were killed 4 weeks after wounding, and wound breaking strength and hydroxyproline content of the sponge granulomas were measured. The results show that both thymic hormones impaired wound breaking strength and reparative collagen synthesis in normal and athymic mice. The magnitude of the wound healing impairment induced by the two hormones was equal in the thymus-bearing and in the nude mice. The data support previous findings, which suggested that the thymus has an inhibitory effect on wound healing.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Aug 1989|
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