Yucatecan researchers create membrane to regenerate human skin

Photo: CICY

In order to provide an alternative treatment for the regeneration of skin, researchers from the Materials Unit of the Scientific Research Center of Yucatan (CICY) created a membrane from the jellyfish collagen, which helps to regenerate the skin and heal wounds faster.

Dr. Nayeli Rodríguez Fuentes an adviser in this scientific project, explained that this development would serve as an alternative treatment for tissue regeneration. In this sense, she indicated that these membranes will serve as a scaffold where human skin cells can grow and be implanted in wounds.

“These materials are placed on the injury, directly in the cavity where the lesion is located, so it helps the patient not to lose blood and heal more rapidly”, Dr. Rodríguez Fuentes said.

Photo: CICY

She also explained that this membrane comes from the jellyfish, an organism that has structural characteristics similar to those of human skin, so after a morphology analysis, it was discovered its great potential to be applied in skin regeneration. In addition, this marine organism is available and close to the Yucatecan coast, so this natural resource could be used to generate scaffolds that could work not only on injuries, but also as an alternative treatment for skin diseases, mainly for diabetic ulcers. The membrane works as an adhesive bandage, which helps to regenerate the skin.

This particular project participated in Cohorte 2018 of the Binational Node of Southeast Innovation (NoBI Southeast), with Dr. Nayeli Rodríguez Fuentes as the leader researcher. The project however, is still in an in vitro phase, and more work will be done to carry out biocompatibility studies in experimental animals, such as rabbits, in order to eventually test the membrane on humans.

Source: Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY).

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