The Potential of PIP3 in Enhancing Wound Healing

Yossi Blitsman, Etili Hollander, Chen Benafsha, Ksenia M. Yegodayev, Uzi Hadad, Riki Goldbart, Tamar Traitel, Assaf Rudich, Moshe Elkabets, Joseph Kost

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Given the role of phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3) in modulating cellular processes such as proliferation, survival, and migration, we hypothesized its potential as a novel therapeutic agent for wound closure enhancement. In this study, PIP3 was examined in its free form or as a complex with cationic starch (Q-starch) as a carrier. The intracellular bioactivity and localization of free PIP3 and the Q-starch/PIP3 complexes were examined. Our results present the capability of Q-starch to form complexes with PIP3, facilitate its cellular membrane internalization, and activate intracellular paths leading to enhanced wound healing. Both free PIP3 and Q-starch/PIP3 complexes enhanced monolayer gap closure in scratch assays and induced amplified collagen production within HaCAT and BJ fibroblast cells. Western blot presented enhanced AKT activation by free or complexed PIP3 in BJ fibroblasts in which endogenous PIP3 production was pharmacologically inhibited. Furthermore, both free PIP3 and Q-starch/PIP3 complexes expedited wound closure in mice, after single or daily dermal injections into the wound margins. Free PIP3 and the Q-starch/PIP3 complexes inherently activated the AKT signaling pathway, which is responsible for crucial wound healing processes such as migration; this was also observed in wound assays in mice. PIP3 was identified as a promising molecule for enhancing wound healing, and its ability to circumvent PI3K inhibition suggests possible implications for chronic wound healing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1780
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2024


  • cationic starch (Q-starch)
  • drug delivery
  • intracellular delivery
  • phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3)
  • wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Catalysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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