Wound repair: role of immune-epithelial interactions

Mucosal Immunol. 2015 Sep;8(5):959-68. doi: 10.1038/mi.2015.63. Epub 2015 Jul 15.


The epithelium serves as a highly selective barrier at mucosal surfaces. Upon injury, epithelial wound closure is orchestrated by a series of events that emanate from the epithelium itself as well as by the temporal recruitment of immune cells into the wound bed. Epithelial cells adjoining the wound flatten out, migrate, and proliferate to rapidly cover denuded surfaces and re-establish mucosal homeostasis. This process is highly regulated by proteins and lipids, proresolving mediators such as Annexin A1 protein and resolvins released into the epithelial milieu by the epithelium itself and infiltrating innate immune cells including neutrophils and macrophages. Failure to achieve these finely tuned processes is observed in chronic inflammatory diseases that are associated with non-healing wounds. An improved understanding of mechanisms that mediate repair is important in the development of therapeutics aimed to promote mucosal wound repair.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Annexin A1 / immunology
  • Cell Movement / immunology*
  • Docosahexaenoic Acids / immunology
  • Epithelial Cells / immunology*
  • Epithelial Cells / pathology
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Innate*
  • Macrophages / immunology*
  • Macrophages / pathology
  • Neutrophils / immunology*
  • Neutrophils / pathology
  • Wound Healing / immunology*


  • Annexin A1
  • Docosahexaenoic Acids