The low price tag and mild flavor has made tilapia a staple
dinnertime fish for many people. Now it could have another use: helping to heal
our wounds. A new study has shown that a protein found in this fish can promote
skin repair in rats without an immune reaction, suggesting possible future use
for human patients.
The article titled 'Development of Biomimetic Tilapia Collagen Nanofibers for Skin Regeneration through Inducing Keratinocytes Differentiation and Collagen Synthesis of Dermal Fibroblasts' was published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
Researchers at American Chemical Society explain that applying collagen - a major structural protein in animals - to wounds can help encourage skin to heal faster. But when the protein dressing comes from some mammals, it has the potential to transmit conditions such as foot-and-mouth disease. Looking for an alternative source of collagen, scientists recently turned to the ocean.