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Can algae enhance skin regeneration and wound healing?

Can algae enhance skin regeneration and wound healing?
Schematic illustration for fabrication of EMVEG using a EG extrusion method. Credit: Advanced Materials Interfaces (2023). DOI: 10.1002/admi.202202255

A product of a freshwater single-celled green algae called Euglena gracilis may enhance skin regeneration to speed up wound healing, according to new research published in Advanced Materials Interfaces.

Investigators developed a system based on microvesicles that bud from the cell surface of Euglena gracilis and contain β-glucan, a carbohydrate with immunoregulatory activity, regeneration ability, and .

In laboratory experiments, these microvesicles promoted the proliferation and migration of skin cells, increasing both collagen synthesis and the expression of proliferation-associated proteins. A test also generated promising results.

"This technique is expected to be applied to other cells, thereby enabling the design of new types of extracellular vesicles that are applicable for skin treatments and care in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries," the authors wrote.

More information: Nonanimal Euglena gracilis-Derived Extracellular Vesicles Enhance Skin-Regenerative Wound Healing, Advanced Materials Interfaces (2023). DOI: 10.1002/admi.202202255

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