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The development of efficient strategies for the improvement of wound repair requires understanding of the mechanisms underlying normal and impaired healing. Many factors can interfere with one or more phases of the cutaneous healing process, thus causing impaired wound healing in patients. Recent data implicates microRNAs as one such factor involved in wound repair. Because of the short sequence (~20 nt) and the tissue-specific activity, miRs may be targets for oligonucleotide (ON)-based RNA silencing therapy. This approach is particularly promising in the skin due to the accessibility of this tissue that allows local miR manipulation. miR-29 regulates collagen production by synovial fibroblasts and is a new therapeutic target in the Phase I clinical trial for cutaneous sclerosis. However, the regulation and functions of miR-29 in homeostatic and regenerating epidermis remain largely unknown. Our previous work identified an important function of miR-29s in regulating desmosomes in normal and hyperproliferative epidermis. In this project, we will use modified antisense miR-29 ON for efficient delivery, tracking, and downregulation of miR-29 function in vivo. Using miR crosslinking and immunoprecipitation (miR-CLIP) approach, we will identify new miR-29 targets regulating growth and differentiation of human keratinocytes.

The project in our group has three following objectives:

Objective 1. Uncover new RNA targets of miR-29s in human keratinocytes by miR-CLIP.

Objective 2. Determine the effect of miR-29 inhibition on wound healing in mice in vivo.

Objective 3. Determine the effect of miR-29 inhibition on human epidermal repair ex vivo.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, p53 and p73 regulate transcription of Foxo3 during liver regeneration, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Award Date: 8 May 2010

Master of Science, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Award Date: 25 Jun 2001

Areas of expertise

  • Q Science (General)
  • QH301 Biology
  • QP Physiology
  • QH426 Genetics

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network
  • Digital Futures


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