Promotive effects of a silk film on epidermal recovery from full-thickness skin wounds

Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 2000 Oct;225(1):58-64. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1373.2000.22507.x.


We examined the effects of the transparent fibroin film (silk film) on full-thickness skin wounds. Full-thickness dermatotomies (15 mm x 9 mm) were prepared on the dorsal wall of CRJ:CD-1 nu/nu (ICR nu/nu) mice. The area of the wounds dressed with silk film was reduced to 10% of that made by the dermatotomy 14 days after the dermatotomy and were covered with regenerated epidermis 21 days after the dermatotomy. In contrast, less recovery and epidermal regeneration were found 14 days after dermatotomy in the wounds dressed with a conventional hydrocolloid dressing (Duro Active). Furthermore, only partial incomplete epidemal growth was obtained 21 days after dermatotomy. Most importantly, the healing time of wounds dressed with silk film was 7 days shorter than those dressed with DuoActive dressing. The silk film showed an almost similar or slightly better promotive effect as the lyophilized porcine dermis (Alloask D), which is used as a dressing for burns, ulcers, and decubitis. Histologic findings revealed that there was greater collagen regeneration and less inflammation and neutrophil-lymphocyte infiltration of the wounds dressed with silk film than with DuoActive dressing. It is clear that regeneration of the epidermis and dermis of the wound beds covered with silk film was faster than with DuoActive dressing. Finally, silk film is easily obtainable, sterilizable, and transparent, and it allows easy observation of tissue recovery. Therefore, silk film offers advantages over other dressings and may be clinically useful for wound treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bandages*
  • Epidermis / physiology
  • Granulation Tissue
  • Insect Proteins*
  • Lymphocytes / pathology
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Neutrophils / pathology
  • Regeneration
  • Silk
  • Skin / injuries*
  • Skin / pathology
  • Time Factors
  • Wound Healing*


  • Insect Proteins
  • Silk