Delayed effect of denervation on wound contraction in rat skin

Engin C., Demirkan F., AYHAN M. S., Atabay K., Baran N.

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY, vol.98, no.6, pp.1063-1067, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 98 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/00006534-199611000-00021
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, Gender Studies Database, MEDLINE, MLA - Modern Language Association Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.1063-1067
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Neuronal supply in soft tissues may be an important part of cutaneous wound healing. In order to observe the effect of denervation on wound contraction, rectangular full-thickness skin defects were created on the dorsum of two groups of Wistar rats. In the experimental group (n = 20), spinal nerves corresponding to the area of the open wound (T11 to L2) were isolated and divided bilaterally. In the control group (n = 20), the same pairs of spinal nerves were dissected but left intact. Limits of denervation were verified by the pinprick test. Wound healing, which is primarily in the form of wound contraction in this model, was evaluated by tracing wound margins onto millimetric paper weekly. Wound contraction was delayed significantly in the experimental group (p < 0.05) at all follow-up periods when compared with the controls. Loss of neuropeptide secretion from the nerve endings in denervated tissues may be responsible for the retarded wound contraction, since neuropeptides are thought to exert trophic effects on skin wound healing.