Establishment of a chemical tongue injury-recovery mouse model

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2022 Nov 12:629:34-39. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2022.08.085. Epub 2022 Sep 6.


Tongue epithelium is one of the most proliferative and regenerative epithelia in our body. However, tongue stem cell research is hampered partly by the lack of optimal animal models to study tongue injury, repair, and regeneration. Here, we establish a novel chemically induced tongue injury-recovery mouse model. Focal application of sodium hydroxide for a limited time led to the denudation of suprabasal layers, leaving the basal layer. Time course study revealed that tongue epithelial cells robustly proliferate over one week after the tongue injury. Importantly, we demonstrated that our novel mouse model could be employed in the lineage tracing of the tongue stem cells under the injury and repair process and further showed that tongue stem cells proliferate faster and generate larger clones in the injury condition than in the steady state condition. Our data indicate the development of a novel chemically induced tongue injury-recovery mouse model for tongue stem cell research, which will significantly facilitate the preclinical study for the pathogenesis and treatment of caustic ingestion.

Keywords: Chemical injury; Lineage tracing; Recovery; Regeneration; Stem cells; Tongue.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caustics*
  • Epithelial Cells
  • Epithelium
  • Mice
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Tongue


  • Caustics
  • Sodium Hydroxide