Intrinsic differences between oral and skin keratinocytes

PLoS One. 2014 Sep 8;9(9):e101480. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101480. eCollection 2014.


Keratinocytes cover both the skin and some oral mucosa, but the morphology of each tissue and the behavior of the keratinocytes from these two sites are different. One significant dissimilarity between the two sites is the response to injury. Oral mucosal wounds heal faster and with less inflammation than equivalent cutaneous wounds. We hypothesized that oral and skin keratinocytes might have intrinsic differences at baseline as well as in the response to injury, and that such differences would be reflected in gene expression profiles.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Keratinocytes / metabolism*
  • Keratinocytes / pathology
  • Male
  • Mouth Mucosa / injuries
  • Mouth Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Mouth Mucosa / pathology
  • Organ Specificity
  • Skin / injuries
  • Skin / metabolism*
  • Skin / pathology
  • Wound Healing*
  • Wounds and Injuries / metabolism*
  • Wounds and Injuries / pathology