I would like to know if anyone has experience with monitoring healing in rat skin as a model of acute wounds. I am currently doing work in this area and would like to know the "best" growth factors and cytokines to monitor with regards to inflammation, granulation tissue formation and remodelling. By "best" i refer to expression of the growth factors in the skin. My previous attempts using IL1 beta faltered becuase it is not highly expressed. I also tried CD105 as an angiogenic marker but i could only find companies that makes it for the mouse giving me less than 85% epitope homology between the specie.
Post-grad student in jamaica...help!