Protein hydrolysates and tissue repair

Nutr Res Rev. 2011 Dec;24(2):191-7. doi: 10.1017/S0954422411000084. Epub 2011 Nov 21.


Protein hydrolysates provide a rich source of protein which is useful in situations where excess protein is needed, such as during repair of tissue damage. The consumption of protein hydrolysates has been shown to result in more rapid uptake of amino acids compared with whole proteins or free-form amino acid mixtures and some peptides in hydrolysates exhibit biological activity. Early studies showed that protein hydrolysates are more effectively utilised than intact proteins or amino acids. In addition, they promote a strong insulinotropic effect, which reduces protein breakdown and enhances muscle and tissue uptake of branched-chain amino acids. These effects contribute to benefits of protein hydrolysates for enhancing repair of tissue damage caused by surgery, ulcers, burns and muscle-damaging exercise. While there is evidence that protein hydrolysates may be useful for facilitating tissue repair, additional research is needed to further examine various roles of protein hydrolysates in this process.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids, Branched-Chain / metabolism*
  • Burns
  • Dietary Proteins / metabolism
  • Dietary Proteins / therapeutic use*
  • Exercise
  • General Surgery
  • Humans
  • Insulin / agonists
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Peptides / therapeutic use*
  • Protein Hydrolysates / metabolism
  • Protein Hydrolysates / therapeutic use*
  • Ulcer
  • Wound Healing*


  • Amino Acids, Branched-Chain
  • Dietary Proteins
  • Insulin
  • Peptides
  • Protein Hydrolysates