Molecule identified that may speed wound healing

09/30/2013 | McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Researchers have identified a special molecule produced by dendritic epidermal T cells -- interleukin-17A-- which increased the rate of wound healing when applied to mice that were lacking the molecule. IL-17A appears to boost activity by other types of cells to kill bacteria and help regrow skin. Results were published in the online edition of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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