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Cartilage repair by peptides is a promising new approach to treating cartilage damage. Peptides are short chains of amino acids that can promote the growth and repair of damaged tissue. In laboratory studies, peptides have been shown to stimulate the production of collagen, the main protein in cartilage. This can help to repair damaged cartilage and improve joint function.
There are a number of different peptides that have been studied for their potential to repair cartilage damage. One such peptide is known as transforming growth factor-beta3 (TGF-β3). TGF-β3 has been shown to promote the growth of new cartilage and improve joint function in animal studies. Another peptide that has been studied is called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 has also been shown to promote the growth of new cartilage and improve joint function in animal studies.
Peptides offer a potential new approach to treating cartilage damage. Further research is needed to determine whether they are effective in humans. However, if proven effective, peptides may offer a safe and effective treatment option for people with cartilage damage.