Keratins Play a Significant Role in the Wound Healing Process
In vitro studies have shown that Replicine™ Bioactive Keratin increases the rates of proliferation and migration of keratinocyte cells, which play a key role in epithelialization, and that the migrating keratinocytes express increased levels of collagen IV and collagen VII, which are critical for basal membrane integrity. These basal membrane collagens join the dermal and epidermal junction to build a robust, healed skin surface.1
Applying keratin topically to the wound has also been shown in-vivo and in clinical studies to elevate the number of structural proteins made and accelerate epithelialization, thus strengthening the skin and promoting healing in recalcitrant, chronic wounds.2-7
Keratin Stimulates New Cell Growth
In an in vivo study, keratin treatment was shown to accelerate healing and closure of deep partial-thickness wounds in comparison with a conventional occlusive dressing, delivering an early onset of epithelialization stimulated by enhancing the activation of keratinocytes. Cell growth was further corroborated by gene expression analyses revealing induction of KRT6A, KRT16, and KRT17 by Day 2 postwounding.6
Vessel-rich dermis and interdigitation of skin layers in keratin-treated wound is indicative of stronger new skin.
Keratin dressing increases epithelial thickness of the wound edge at Day 4 versus the control, accelerating wound healing. 6
By Day 5, 60% of wounds treated with liquid keratin were completely reepithelialized vs 26.7% of wounds treated with polyurethane dressings, vs 0% in the untreated group.6
Some wounds treated with keratin dressings showed complete reepithelialization after just 4 days. With liquid keratin6:
- Statistical significance achieved at Days 5 and 6
- 93% of wounds completely reepithelialized by Day 6
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