SINGAPORE, Collagen derived from fish scales could be used to used to heal wounds, Channel NewsAsia reported citing the findings of a study conducted by researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS).

The study included fish scales from fishes that are commonly cooked such as sea bass, snakehead and tilapia.

The scales, usually removed before cooking, contain collagen that can be chemically modified to be water-soluble and used for various biomedical applications, NTU said in a press release on Monday.

The modified collagen can also incorporate drugs to produce wound dressings with a higher healing potential, according to the findings from the team comprising associate professor Cleo Choong and associate professor Andrew Tan from NTU, and associate professor Veronique Angeli from NUS.

The modified collagen was later tested on mice and it was found that it helped improve the "potential for tissue repair and regeneration", according to the study that was published in the research journal Acta Biomaterialia.--NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network