Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists uncover how molecule improves appearance of surgery scars


In a new study, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC scientists discovered that the alphaCT1 molecule may help repair the skin’s collagen matrix. Microscopic imaging of 29-day scar biopsies from the same patient reveals the molecule’s effects on collagen organization. Collagen bundles in the untreated scar, right, are more aligned compared to the alphaCT1-treated tissue’s collagen, which is more randomly arranged in swirls that resemble unwounded skin. (Gourdie Lab / Virginia Tech)

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