“Healing Peptides” – Research in Tissue Repair

by | Nov 18, 2021 | Research

Peptides are short proteins or chains of amino acids, up to 2 or 3 amino acid lengths of 50 amino acids. They generally lack a significant structure beyond their amino acid sequence (the primary structure).

Some of the most reputed “healing peptides,” or peptides regularly involved in research studies related to tissue damage and repair processes, are either isolated directly from the natural system or are modified versions of naturally occurring peptides. Highlighted below are some of the most common names associated in tissue repair research:

  1. AOD 9604 – Fat Cells and Cartilage AOD 9604, initially developed for observation in an anti-obesity research, is a fragment of the growth hormone. Recent research studies suggest its potential in reducing pain perception, joint mobility, and improving the secretion of collagen.
  2. BPC-157 – Widespread Tissue Repair BPC-157, isolated originally from the stomach, is speculatived to reduce inflammation and protect the gastrointestinal tract from damage. It has been suggested to be helpful in healing various tissues, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, eyes, heart, and brain.
  3. Ipamorelin – Bone and Body Composition Ipamorelin is an analog of growth hormone that is considered to secretes hormones. Speculative findings indicate its potential to promote muscle cell and bone growth, and proper digestive tract functioning. It is considered to be specific in its activity.
  4. KPV – Anti-Inflammatory KPV is the smallest derivative of the intrinsically disordered alpha-melanocyte stimulation hormone. It has been suggested to protect the skin from UV radiation, promote energy homeostasis, and potentially reduce damage from cardiac dysfunction and damage. It has also been suggested to mitigate fibrosis.
  5. MOTS-c – Anti-Diabetic MOTS-C is a natural peptide found in mitochondria, produced during physical activity. Speculative findings propose that it may improve glucose absorption from the blood and increase fat cell dissolution.
  6. PEG-MGF – Muscle Cell Development PEG-MGF is  a modified version of the naturally occurring MGF released by muscle cells after strenuous activity. When introduced, it may stimulate muscle cell growth and repair muscle tissue, potentially impactful in severe muscle-wasting conditions.
  7. Semax – Immunity and Cognitive Function Semax is a derivative of the adrenocorticotropic hormone, known in the research community for its potential nootropic properties due to an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels. It may be effective in mitigating central nervous system damage caused by degenerative diseases such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Semax is also believed to be a potential immune system regulator.
  8. Sermorelin – Tissue Repair, Muscle Cells Development, Cell Aging Sermorelin is well-known among peptides, studied clinically for diagnostic purposes. Speculative findings suggest its potential anti-cell aging, wound healing, and anti-cancer cell proliferation properties. It is believed to be a potential antioxidant and a modulator of the immune system.
  9. TB-500 (Thymosin Beta-4) – Anti-Inflammatory and Wound Healing TB-500, or Thymosin Beta-4, is speculated to be a natural anti-inflammatory agent with potential anti-fibrotic properties. It has been suggested to reduce scarring and be effective against heart, kidney, and brain infections.
  10. Thymosin Alpha-1 – Anti-Inflammatory Thymosin Alpha-1 is a thymosin molecule like TB-500, speculated to have similar anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed to be an immune system modulator naturally produced by the thymus.
  11. VIP – Antioxidant VIP is speculated to be another naturally occurring, short peptide. It has been suggested to protect cartilage, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and protect neurons from the effects of stroke. VIP is known amongst researchers to its potential anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce scarring after illness or injury.

These peptides are all designated as “healing peptides,” meaning that researchers suggest they may promote optimal cell, tissue, and organ function.


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Dr. Usman

Dr. Usman (BSc, MBBS, MaRCP) completed his studies in medicine at the Royal College of Physicians, London. He is an avid researcher with more than 30 publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Usman has worked as a researcher and a medical consultant for reputable pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi.