|Authors||Gibson AL, Schurr MJ, Schlosser SJ, Comer AR, Allen-Hoffmann BL|
|Journal||Tissue Eng Part A Volume: 14 Issue: 5 Pages: 629-38|
|Publish Date||2008 May|
For regenerative medicine to gain clinical acceptance, the effects of commonly used treatment regimens on bioengineered organs must be considered. The antibiotics mafenide acetate (mafenide) and neomycin plus polymyxin (neo/poly) are routinely used to irrigate postoperative skin grafts on contaminated wounds. The effects of these clinically used antibiotics were investigated using tissue-engineered human skin substitutes generated with primary human keratinocytes or the near-diploid human keratinocyte cell line, Near-diploid Immortal Keratinocytes. Following topical or dermal treatment, the skin substitutes were assayed for viability, tissue morphology, glycogen content, and the expression of active caspase 3. Mafenide, but not neo/poly, induced morphological and biochemical changes in tissue-engineered skin substitutes. Keratinocytes in all histological layers of mafenide-treated skin substitutes exhibited ballooning degeneration and glycogen depletion. Mafenide-treatment also triggered separation of basal keratinocytes from the underlying dermis. None of the antibiotic treatments induced apoptosis, as measured by active caspase 3 immunostaining. The results demonstrate that mafenide, but not neo/poly, is detrimental to the viability and structural integrity of tissue-engineered human skin substitutes. These findings highlight the need to identify treatment regimens that are compatible with and hence enable the therapeutic efficacy of first-generation bioengineered organs such as skin.