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The snail helps regenerate human skin

20.12.2012
 
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The snail helps regenerate human skin

Recent research shows that snail saliva may have antioxidant and regenerative effects on human skin. According to a study by scientists at the Autonomous University of Madrid, snail saliva could be used in therapies to regenerate damaged skin tissues.

Recent research shows that snail saliva may have antioxidant and regenerative effects on human skin.

According to a study by scientists at the Autonomous University of Madrid, snail saliva could be used in therapies to regenerate damaged skin tissues.

'It is a question of a snail from the family 'Helicidae' that in response to certain external harmful stimuli, produces a secretion (SCA) rich in proteins of high and low molecular weight, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.

The secretion could stimulate proliferation, migration, adhesion and survival of human keratinocytes and fibroblasts.

To achieve these results, the researchers conducted tests on "wound closure" through in vitro experiments with human keratinocytes and fibroblasts in culture, a few experiments that serve to demonstrate that treatment with these secretions increases motility and migration of these cells.

Maria del Carmen Iglesias de la Cruz, a professor and researcher at the Department of Physiology at the UAM and first author of the study, explained that "the mechanisms involved in the effects of this secretion go from rearrangement of the cell cytoskeleton to formation of new adhesion structures between cells and the extracellular matrix. "

Land snails of the family Helicidae have been eaten in the Middle East and Europe since prehistoric times. They belong to the mollusk family.  They breathe by means of a lung-like sac.

 

Translated from the Spanish version by:

 

Lisa Karpova

Pravda.Ru

 

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