A recent study has revealed that human saliva contains a chemical (antimicrobial peptide) which boosts the formation of blood vessels and helps the process of recovery from an injury.
According to a study published online in the Journal of Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), a salivary peptide called histatin 1 promotes blood vessel formation which is critical to the efficiency of wound healing.
“We believe that the study could help the design of better approaches to improve wound healing in tissues other than the mouth.”
The study involved experiments at three levels: blood vessel-forming cells in culture, chicken embryos as animal models and saliva samples obtained from healthy donors.
Researchers are now taking the next step in the study using these molecules to generate materials and implants to aid in wound healing.