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Washington University School of Medicine

Proteins Critical to Wound Healing Identified

Caption: Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they don't become injured. If they do, their wounds don't heal properly, a new study shows. The research, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, may have implications for treating diseases involving abnormal blood vessel growth, such as the impaired wound healing often seen in diabetes and the loss of vision caused by macular degeneration. Pictured are normal blood vessels of a mouse's retina.

Credit: Rei Nakamura, PhD

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