A newly discovered protein, STRATHERIN, may potentially have numerous health benefits.
Bioengineers at Queen Mary University of London have isolated a protein that may aid patients suffering from osteoporosis or who have bone fractures. The protein is usually found in the formation of enamel when we are young children and can actually lead to bone growth.
The study was written up in the journal, Biomaterials.
The research team made bioactive membranes (that look like a small piece of cloth) from segments of different proteins suspected to grow bone cells. They wanted to determine which protein played the largest role in stimulating bone growth in rats. Rat jaw bone is similar to human jaw bone and that’s why rats were used in these type of studies.