December 28, 2016

Trainable Skin Cells


Our pets may be difficult to train, but researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a peptide-based hydrogel system that helps encourage skin cells to crawl towards each other, leading to a more rapid closure on chronic wounds commonly found in diabetic patients. 

At left, skin cells without the research team’s peptide-hydrogel treatment. In the middle, cells treated with a low dose. At right, cells treated with a high dose. Skin cells migrate together fastest with a high dose of the peptide-hydrogel material (photo from Radisic Lab)

With their hydrogel system, wounds closed in less than 2 weeks. The peptide-hydrogel system promotes survival of the cells, and gives the cells a substrate to crawl over to help with wound closure.

I wonder if it works on dogs?