Thursday, December 05, 2013
Potential for scar tissue treatment
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:23 am | Updated: 10:31 am, Tue Nov 12, 2013.
Researchers from Scotland have identified a specific molecule responsible for turning regular tissue into scar tissue.
Using mice bred with the disease fibrosis, researchers from the University of Edinburgh developed a drug which blocked a molecule called alpha v integrin. Mice treated with the drug were protected from liver and lung fibrosis. The discovery could help patients with damaged organs avoid the long wait on organ transplant lists.