What is the role of TGF-beta in the treatment of keloids and hypertrophic scars?

Updated: May 29, 2020
  • Author: Brian Berman, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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TGF-beta and its isomers have been shown to play a central role in fibrotic disorders characterized by excessive accumulation of interstitial matrix material in the lungs, kidneys, liver, and other organs. TGF-beta1 and TGF-beta2 have been shown to stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen and have a direct and independent effect on the contraction of fibroblasts in vitro. However, TGF-beta3 may prevent scarring.

A study by Shah et al demonstrated that exogenous addition of TGF-beta3 reduces fibronectin and collagen types I and III deposition in the early stages of cutaneous rat wound healing and in overall wound scarring. [63]

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