Cellular Reprogramming For Faster Healing Of Wounds


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This could be significant ... The use of targeted protein transcriptions seems to be able to greatly accelerate the skin's ability to heal from wounds.
US Air Force developing skin technology to heal wounds more than five times faster than the body

New research into cellular reprogramming is leading to technology that could heal wounds more than five times faster than the human body. ..

University of Michigan associate professor Dr Indika Rajapakse is researching ways to "reprogram" a person's own cells to heal wounds faster, through funding from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. ...

Cellular reprogramming is the process of taking one type of human cell, such as a skin cell, and reprogramming its genome so that it becomes a different kind of cell, such as a muscle cell, blood cell, neuron, or any other type of human cell.

This is done using proteins called transcription factors that "turn on and off" various genes within cells to regulate activities such as cell division and growth, and cell migration and organisation. ...

With the application of the right transcription factors, Associate Professor Rajapakse found that wounds healed more than five times faster than allowing the wounds to heal on their own.

The next step is to figure out how best to apply them.

Researchers anticipate the technology will act like a "spray-on" bandage, applying transcription factors directly to wounds.