Bees Royal Jelly Helps Wounds Heal Faster

Scientists from Italy and Slovakia have determined that an ingredient in royal jelly made by bees can aid in wound healing.


(Royal Jelly, compared to control and defensin-1)

...royal jelly traditionally has been used to aid wound healing. So a team of scientists from Italy and Slovakia determined why royal jelly has this property.

First, they separated royal jelly into various fractions in order to isolate the compounds that make it up. They tested the fractions on cells in vitro, and they discovered that some of the fractions had a strong ability to promote healing in cell cultures that had been mechanically scratched. The team scrutinized these fractions and identified the molecule responsible: a small protein (i.e., a peptide) called defensin-1.

After identifying the protein, the researchers cloned and expressed the gene responsible for encoding bee defensin-1. This allowed them to purify the defensin-1 peptide. Then, they compared the ability of royal jelly and pure defensin-1 to heal wounds on rats. (See [graphic].)

Amazingingly, science fiction author Clifford Simak at least partly predicted this development in his still fantastic 1961 novel Time is the Simplest Thing:

"Gobathian? That was what you used? That was why he was all wrapped up?"

"He was broken," said the doctor. "Like a toy someone had thrown on the floor and stepped on. What you do you know about gobathian?" he asked.

"I've heard of it," said Blaine.

"An alien drug," the doctor said. "Used by an insect race. A warring insect race. And it's done miracles...
(Read more about gobathian)

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