spider silk

Recently scientists have discovered a spider silk which can be fruitfully used to extract regenerative medicines, infused with antibiotics and heals wounds.

Scientists and researches came up with a new click in hand to show how molecules are attached to each other. Some examples are antibiotics or fluorescent dyes. However, this medicine is produces artificially by spider silk synthesized by E. coli bacteria.

These spider silk molecules can be reacted in soluble silk protein before turning it into fibres. It can even be extracted after the fibres have been formed. Some researchers from UK have divided and diversified this newly discovered spider silk fibres to approach ‘recombinant’ molecules in a wider range.

Hence, scientists have said that this process can be easily controlled by human and can be successfully used to decorate individual silk strands. Scientists have even shown that when these antibiotic silk fibres are made to react with levofloxacin, it gets slowly released from the silk. It can retain its antibacterial properties for at least five days.

According to the University of Nottingham, “Our new technique will help the multi functional antibiotic to grow rapidly”. Spider silk is a kind of strong, biocompatible and biodegradable component, which is discovered recently. Basically it is a protein-based material that does not emerge to cause a strong resistant, allergic or inflammatory reaction, but in fact is very useful in modern science. With the recent development of recombinant spider silk, the race has been on to find ways of attaching its extraordinary qualities to the benefit of modern science.

The research team of University of Nottingham, UK has shown remarkable results in the aspects that their new technique can be necessarily used to create a biodegradable lattice which can do two jobs at one time. It can successfully replace the extra cellular matrix which our own body cells generate and accelerate the growth of the new tissues. This spider silk can also be used for the slow release of antibiotics from its molecular attachment.

After this notable achievement Professor Thomas said to the media “There is the possibility of using this spider silk in advanced dressings for the treatment of slow-healing wounds such as diabetic ulcers. Using our new technique infection can be prevented over time to time by the super controlled release of antibiotics from the silk fibres. At the same time tissue regeneration is also  accelerated by this spider silk fibres before being biodegraded.”

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