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article imageSweat glands help fight injuries

By Tim Sandle     Feb 17, 2014 in Science
New research shows that our sweat glands help us to tackle various injuries. This is because the glands are a source of stem cells that are particularly suited to healing wounds.
The sweat gland produced stem cells form new skin cells and manage the healing process. The discovery was almost by accident, when a science team found out that stem cells had formed out of the gland tissue and multiplied to form a variety of different cells.
Tests conducted by the scientists on animals and on human skin in the Petri dish have demonstrated the beneficial effect of stem cells in healing injuries. The findings showed that the wound healed significantly faster and better with the stem cells than without them.
Stem cells are biological cells found in all multicellular organisms. The cells can differentiate into diverse specialized cell types and can self-renew to produce more stem cells. In mammals, there are two broad types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells, which are found in various tissues.
From the discovery, scientists hope to use stem cells to help treat patients. Here the trick is to use stem cells isolated from the patient’s own body. Stem cells taken from the patient's own body are ideal because there is no chance of the body rejecting them. The difficulty has always been with obtaining the cells. However, sweat glands are much easier to access and having discovered that stem cells are formed within sweat glands and that these are good candidates for making infection fighting drugs, the discovery will lead to improved treatments.
The research was carried out by a team from the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology EMB in Lübeck.
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