Latest Elastic fiber Stories
New research reveals that insulin applied in therapeutic doses selectively stimulates the formation of new elastic fibers in cultures of human aortic smooth muscle cells.
A gynecologist and a molecular biologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center have collaborated to show for the first time that pelvic organ prolapse â€“ a condition in which the uterus, bladder or vagina protrude from the body â€“ is caused by a combination of a loss of elasticity and a breakdown of proteins in the vaginal wall.
Scientists have unravelled the shape of the protein that gives human tissues their elastic properties in what could lead to the development of new synthetic elastic polymers.
Arteries cultivated from baboon smooth muscle cells contain 20 percent of the protein elastin found in natural arteries, the most reported in vessels grown outside the body.
Discovery opens the way toward biomimetic production of ultra-strong, elastic fibers.
Researchers from several U.S. universities found evidence that lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease attempt to repair themselves.