, Volume 236, Issue 2, pp 345-349

Epidermal cell migration during wound healing in Dugesia lugubris

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The epidermal cells that migrate over the surface during the wound closure stage of head regeneration in Dugesia lugubris s.l. were examined by scanning electron microscopy. The effect of cytochalasin B on epidermal cell migration was also examined. During the first few hours after decapitation epidermal cells at the edges of the wound showed significant changes of shape related to the process of migration that was accomplished approximately 10 h after wounding. Flattening of the marginal cells was associated with active epidermal spreading throughout the healing period. Suitable support for migrating cells appeared to be a rhabditic network attached to the wound tissue. Epidermal cell migration was inhibited by cytochalasin B. These results demonstrate that the basis for cell movement in planarians is similar to that of many other systems.