Epigenetic regulation of cellular functions in wound healing

Irena Pastar, Jelena Marjanovic, Rivka C. Stone, Vivien Chen, Jamie L. Burgess, Joshua S. Mervis, Marjana Tomic-Canic

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Stringent spatiotemporal regulation of the wound healing process involving multiple cell types is associated with epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation, such as DNA methylation, histone modification and chromatin remodelling, as well as non-coding RNAs. Here, we discuss the epigenetic changes that occur during wound healing and the rapidly expanding understanding of how these mechanisms affect healing resolution in both acute and chronic wound milieu. We provide a focussed overview of current research into epigenetic regulators that contribute to wound healing by specific cell type. We highlight the role of epigenetic regulators in the molecular pathophysiology of chronic wound conditions. The understanding of how epigenetic regulators can affect cellular functions during normal and impaired wound healing could lead to novel therapeutic approaches, and we outline questions that can provide guidance for future research on epigenetic-based interventions to promote healing. Dissecting the dynamic interplay between cellular subtypes involved in wound healing and epigenetic parameters during barrier repair will deepen our understanding of how to improve healing outcomes in patients affected by chronic non-healing wounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1073-1089
Number of pages17
JournalExperimental dermatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • DNA methylation
  • circRNA
  • histone modification
  • lncRNA
  • miRNA
  • skin wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology


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