Monday, April 20, 2015

Cardiac Tissue Grown on 'Spider Silk' Substrate

News Brief by Kathryn Gibb
            Researchers at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have made a discovery that could transform the transplant world.  A research team led by Professor Konstantin Agladze worked on cardiac tissue engineering and recently found a new way to cultivate heart tissue cells.  The researchers have used a spidroin substrate, also known as cobweb protein, to grow the tissue cells.  These protein strands are known to be strong, flexible, and durable.  Oftentimes it is difficult to find a substrate to grow cells on, but this cobweb protein has allowed the researchers to develop cells within three to five days that act just as living heart tissue would. The spidroin fiber has been used in the past to grow implants like tendons and bones, but this is the first time that they have been used to grow cells.

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. "Cardiac tissue grown on 'spider silk' substrate." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 April 2015. .
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