Self-assembly peptide prevents blood loss

Nanomedicine. 2006 Dec;2(4):216. doi: 10.1016/j.nano.2006.10.158.


Recently, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Hong Kong discovered a new peptide that immediately stopped bleeding at the surgical site. Nanohemostat solution stops blood flow in less than 10 seconds in the cutting site of brain, spinal cord, femoral artery, and liver. Although the actual mechanism of action is not known, it is believed that the peptides are able to self-assemble into a nanofibrous scaffold network that provides these remarkable properties.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cricetinae
  • Hemorrhage
  • Hemostasis*
  • Hemostasis, Surgical*
  • Hemostatics / administration & dosage*
  • Hemostatics / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Nanomedicine / methods*
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Rats


  • Hemostatics
  • Peptides