Dorsal view of a Drosophila mutant embryo defective for the Zasp52 gene and marked for the adhesion molecule E-Cadherin (green) and the tubulin (red). Closure is complete, but cell shape is irregular. Scale bar= 10 microns. © Antoine Ducuing.
Two researchers from the Laboratoire de Biologie et Modélisation de la Cellule ( LBMC ) demonstrated that a structure, called the actin cable mediates scar-free wound healing. Surprisingly they show that the cable does not enhance the dynamics of closure, but rather equilibrates tension forces at the wound edge, thus protecting cellular integrity. These results are published in Embryos undergo perfect wound healing, but this property is progressively lost during development. While this spectacular feature is exploited during An attractive hypothesis is that the cable acts as a purse-string that enhances closure dynamics, thus leading to fast and perfect healing. This model is based on a number of studies, including work performed on the The first surprise came at the PLATIM facility when the two researchers noticed that the mutants that do not form the cable close. In addition, no delay was observed in these mutants and closure proceeded with wild type dynamics. Thus the cable does not drive closure and does not act as a purse-string. Still, detailed analysis revealed that in the absence of the cable, the cells of the leading edge are stretched, compressed, and do not resume their rectangular shape. Their organization is affected and planar cell polarity is defective. During epidermis differentiation these defects persist, producing a characteristic scar.
These results demonstrate that the cable prevents scarring and suggest that this occurs through a novel mechanism: repair forces act at the tissue level, at a level of magnitude that is far superior to what a cell can sustain. If only a few cells support these tensions, their structure will be altered and their ability to generate a coherent tissue will be compromised. On the other hand, the cable allows the homogenization of the forces across the tissue so that cells remain well coordinated and polarized.
One open question is to verify that these findings can be extended to vertebrate embryos, with the perspective to induce cable formation in adult patients to prevent scar formation after wounding or surgery.
Références : The actin cable is dispensable in directing dorsal closure dynamics but neutralizes mechanical stress to prevent scarring in the Drosophila embryo. Antoine Ducuing and Stéphane Vincent. Autors
Stéphane Vincent and Antoine Ducuing are part of the team Epithelial differentiation and morphogenesis in Drosophila (LBMC) lead by Muriel Grammont.
Laboratoire de Biologie et Modélisation de la Cellule (LBMC)
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