(Via neomatica.com) Researchers from the University of California and Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland, Ohio, have collaborated on a project that has led to the creation of synthetic platelets.
These synthetic platelets are ‘super mimics’ matching the natural shape, size, flexibility, and surface biochemistry of real platelets – previous efforts have only mimicked one or two of those properties. What is truly remarkable about these synthetic cells is that they induce clotting three times faster than their natural counterparts. The synthetic cells also appeared to cut down on indiscriminate and harmful formation of clots. While currently these cells have only been tested on the animal model of bleeding and some issues do still remain, there are hopes that eventually this technology will have wide variety of medical applications.
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The study was first published in ACS Nano October 15th 2014. The abstract is available here.