Doctors Are Again Using Maggots to Treat Patients

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Modern medicine may be upgrading centuries-old techniques to repair wounds that just won’t heal.

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Massey University in New Zealand have found that genetically engineered maggots can clean non-healing wounds and promote cell growth.

This is done using a human growth factor, which the maggots secrete while removing dead tissue.

USING MAGGOTS TO HEAL WOUNDS 

In a treatment known as ‘maggot debridement therapy’ (MDT) the sterile larvae are raised in a lab and applied to a wound.

This type of treatment focuses on non-healing wounds, in particular diabetic foot ulcers, and is cost-effective and approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers engineered ‘enhanced wound-healing’ green bottle fly larvae to produce human growth factor PDGF-BB if they had been raised on a diet that does not contain the antibiotic tetracycline.

The larvae from this batch made high levels of the human growth factor, which was excreted and secreted by the maggots.

The findings have implications for diabetes treatment in areas of limited access to more expensive treatments, where it could have the potential to save people from amputation, researchers say.

The maggots used in the study are genetically engineered green bottle fly larvae, Lucilia sericata.

In a treatment known as ‘maggot debridement therapy’ (MDT) the sterile larvae are raised in a lab and applied to a wound.

This type of treatment focuses on non-healing wounds, in particular diabetic foot ulcers, and is cost-effective and approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The researchers from NC State and Massey University used two techniques to create a strain of maggots capable of ‘enhanced wound-healing.’

These larvae produce and secrete human platelet derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB), which stimulates cell growth and survival to aid the healing process.

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