Cell Kinetic Analysis in Artificial Skin Using Immunochemical Methods

  • Andrea Casasco
  • Antonia Icaro Cornaglia
  • Federica Riva
  • Marco Casasco
  • Alberto Calligaro
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 289)


Cell kinetic studies provide important information on histogenesis in vivo and in vitro. In this regard, specific antibodies to cell cycle-related antigens have been raised and characterized, thus permitting the study of cell kinetics using immunochemical methods. Recent advances in culture technology permitted the generation of human skin equivalents in vitro. We here provide detailed practical procedures for the study of epidermal cell kinetics in a model of artificial skin using immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry. The combined application of both techniques allows a precise detection of tissue growth sites and a quantitative assessment of cell growth. Moreover, simultaneous analysis of differentiation markers and proliferation antigens may be useful to understand molecular mechanisms that regulate tissue growth and development.

Key Words

Human artificial skin biotechnology cell cycle immunohistochemistry flow cytometry bromodeoxy-uridine proliferating cell nuclear antigen Ki-67 antigen cell cycle-related antigens epidermal stem cells 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Casasco
    • 1
  • Antonia Icaro Cornaglia
    • 1
  • Federica Riva
    • 1
  • Marco Casasco
    • 1
  • Alberto Calligaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Histology and Embryology Unit, Department of Experimental MedicineUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

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