Kazakhstani scientists developed biocompatible adhesive for surgery and dentistry

In the laboratory of genetic engineering of the National Center for Biotechnology of the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, under the leadership of the candidate of biological sciences Alexander Shustov, a technology has been developed for obtaining biocompatible glue for use in surgery and dentistry, reports.

According to the ministry, the scientists of the center have managed to recreate the sticky material of mussels in the laboratory in the form of an artificial protein reproduced with the help of bacteria.

"The material showed a high adhesive capacity (about 3.0 MPa), which outperforms the characteristics of the fibrin surgical glue by almost 100 times," the report says.

The peculiarity of such substances is that they are biologically safe and capable of hardening under water. In the future, these materials will revolutionize surgery by replacing surgical sutures and traditional medical adhesives, the press service said.

As noted, this is the first adhesive material with real prospects for use in surgery and dentistry, which is fully developed in Kazakhstan. The applied technology for the production of the recombinant adhesive protein is completely new.

The industrial production of a similar biocompatible adhesive for wound healing exists only in South Korea, so the development of Kazakhstani scientists has great industrial potential, the department added.
18:53, 29 September 2020