Shreya has developed an artificial MUGA cardiac tissue patch. This patch can be easily implanted in the patient’s heart. They have succeeded in creating very real-looking heart tissue and muscles that are similar in appearance to real muscles.
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Muga silk is a protein-rich biopolymer made from the endemic Anthera aisemensis, a special silkworm found in India. Using this silk, Indian researcher Shreya Mehrotra has succeeded in making tissue to be transplanted in heart surgery. She is a research scholar in Tissue Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu. Shreya Muga, a ‘Full Bright Nehru Scholar’ and BTech in Biotechnology, is doing research on making human tissue from silk. She is working to save patients suffering from various diseases with Muga Silk. This includes muscular dystrophy and heart attack.
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Discover the benefits of Muga
While doing his PhD at IIT Guwahati, he focused on biological engineering to regenerate heart muscle tissue. Shreya says that muga silk has multipurpose properties that are not found in any other naturally occurring material. It has properties of physical movement, biochemistry, reduced immune response and strengthening of internal cellular bonds. Shreya has also achieved success in developing a technology for making fully functional ‘silk cardiac patches’.
Creating Living Heart Tissue Complex
Shreya says that creating fully functioning heart tissue is extremely challenging. During his research, he developed an artificial MUGA cardiac patch using an automated 3D bioprinting process. This patch can be easily implanted in a heart patient. Shreya has also tested artificial tissue (cardiac patch test) on many small animals. Their next step is to develop the right match of these tissues.
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