While many people are lining up for their latest Botox fix or injectables session, researchers say we could be saying bye-bye to Botox sooner than we think. A recent study shows that RHAMM protein, a protein that has been linked to the spread of several major human cancers, has the ability to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate the skin. RHAMM stands for Receptor for Hyaluronan Mediated Motility, a compound that is directly involved with signaling fat cells to repair wounds and injuries that result from skin cuts, or even a heart attack.
High concentrations of this compound in the blood can trigger rapid skin tissue repair and healing, which mean the skin could be restored after significant tissue damage from the sun and other environmental factors.
Mina Bissell, a cell biologist at the Berkeley Lab's Life Sciences Division, explains that, “This technique could be developed as a means of providing a non-surgical approach for normalizing skin appearance after reconstructive surgery, for wrinkle reduction, and for face lifts and figure enhancement. ” (Source: Press Release via Science Daily)
Researchers have found that blocking the expression of the RHAMM protein by deleting the gene itself can increase the production of healthy fats, and even reduce the risk of unhealthy visceral fat accumulation. The protein could also be administered directly into the skin; instead of injecting Botox and other neurotoxin compounds into the forehead or around the eyes, a surgeon would be able to use an RHAMM-based compound that would not cause muscle paralysis but could still yield beneficial results.
RHAMM treatments may be especially effective for those who have undergone significant cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, and need to speed up the healing process. Burn victims, individuals suffering from inflammatory diseases, and those who have large patches of injured skin after surgery can receive RHAMM treatments to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection and skin-related diseases during the recovery process.