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Use of PDGF/EGF to Treat Skin Wounds

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1 R43 AR42621-1,
Agency Tracking Number: 24815
Amount: $71,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1994
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1 Innovation Drive
Worcester, MA 01605
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Samuel Lynch
 (508) 757-3500
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Research Institution

Diabetic foot, venous stasis and pressure ulcers are examples of chronic non- healing woundsthat are refractory to standard therapy and represent a major health care problem especially for theincreasing elderly population. Polypeptide growth factors are a class of biological mediators which havebeen proposed as possible vulnerary agents. The combination of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)and epidermal growth factor (EGF) has been shown to be more potent that individual growth factors instimulating the healing of partial thickness skin wounds in healthy swine. In preparation for testing thiscomposition on diabetic mice of PDGF-BB, EGF or the combination project will examine the dosedependent efficacy on wounds in diabetic mice PDGF-BB, EGC or the combination of PDGF-BB/EGFdelivered in a 2% methylcellulose gel vehicle. Specifically, investigators will evaluate the healing of fullthickness wounds on genetically diabetic mice (C57BL/KsJ-db/db) following the repeated application of1) 4.0 mug PDGF-BB, 15mug PDGF-BB and 50mug EGF per cm wound surface are, 2) 4.0mug PDGF-BB,3)4.0mug PDGF-BB 60mug EGF or 4.0 PDGF-BB and 60mug EGF per cm wound surface area. Controlwounds will receive vehicle alone. Gel treatments will be applied immediately following surgery and 2,4, and 6 days, thereafter. At the time of surgery and at days 8, 10, 12, 14 and as needed thereafter,standardized photographs will be taken of each wound for wound closure analysis. Complete woundbiopsies will be harvested on day 14 for histologic and hydroxyproline analyses. Statistical analyses willbe performed for wound closure, histological and hydroxyproline data using Analysis of Variance(ANOVA), Kruskal-Wallis test and Student's t-test, respectively. The results from these studies willelucidate appropriate dose levels for initial evaluation in human clinical trials in chronic wounds ofdiabetic patients.

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