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Cell: Sleeping is Best Healing Medicine?

Cell: Sleeping is Best Healing Medicine?


Cell: Sleeping is Best Healing Medicine?  The antibacterial peptides produced in the wound direct the brain to increase sleep, promote recovery, and improve survival. Sleep is perhaps the best healing medicine.  Sleep healing? The natural antimicrobial peptides produced in the wound can increase sleep and survival rate after injury!

Sleep is perhaps the best healing medicine. We can often see in some documentaries that after an animal is injured, the activity decreases and the sleep time is greatly increased. A large part of it is to recover the wound as soon as possible.

In fact, not only animals, but also humans, many studies have shown that after an injury, the longer you sleep, the better the wound will recover.

In this regard, logically, our brain’s response to injury is to extend sleep time, which is not surprising.

But how did this process happen? Can the wound continue to send some kind of remote information to the brain, and remind the brain to keep a long sleep to promote the wound recovery?

Recently, researchers from research institutions such as Dresden University of Technology, University of Marburg in Germany published a research paper titled “Innate Immunity Promotes Sleep through Epidermal Antimicrobial Peptides” in the Cell sub-Journal Current Biology.

This study shows that when injured, our body will produce a complex immune response, the wound will produce some antimicrobial peptides to fight against local pathogens. These antimicrobial peptides can also act as remote molecular messengers. They send signals to the brain through tissues from the injured site, prolonging the body’s sleep time and improving the chance of survival after injury.

  Cell: Sleeping is Best Healing Medicine?  


C. elegans is a commonly used and important model organism, and it is also the simplest animal used to study sleep phenomena. In this study, the research team conducted a large-scale genetic screening of nematodes and analyzed more than 4,500 different genetic mutations.

Researchers found that during the molting process of nematode larvae, the increased expression activity of a gene called NAS-38 leads to a huge increase in the production of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). It is worth mentioning that antimicrobial peptides are natural antibiotics produced by the human body in wounds, which can resist local pathogen infections.

Further molecular mechanism studies have shown that NAS-38 protein is negatively regulated by its thrombospondin domain and acts through the astaxanthin protease domain to activate p38 mitogen activated protein (MAP)/PMK-1 kinase in the epidermis And transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)-SMAD/SMA-3 dependent innate immune pathways, eventually leading to the expression of antimicrobial peptide genes dependent on STAT/STA-2 and SLC6/SNF-12 signaling pathways.

Cell: Sleeping is Best Healing Medicine?
The molecular mechanism of NAS-38

In order to find out the connection between antimicrobial peptides and sleep signals, the research team controlled the gene expression of nematodes-they stopped the expression of antimicrobial peptides in the nematodes and observed the sleep of injured nematodes. The researchers found that when 19 different genes responsible for the production of antimicrobial peptides are turned off at the same time, significant differences can be observed in injured nematodes.

Professor Henrik Bringmann, the corresponding author of the paper, said: “We have seen that nematodes that do not produce antimicrobial peptides sleep less after injury. Normally, nematodes can survive injury, however, those that do not produce antimicrobial peptides Nematodes are difficult to survive due to lack of sleep.”

Cell: Sleeping is Best Healing Medicine?
NAS-38 increases the body’s sleep time by promoting the secretion of antimicrobial peptides

In addition, the researchers also found that more than 12 kinds of epidermal antimicrobial peptides can act as sleep factors, and transmit signals between tissues through sleep-active RIS neurons to promote sleep. In adult individuals, epidermal damage activates innate immunity and activates the production of antimicrobial peptides to trigger sleep.

More interestingly, this process requires epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling, and before that, EGFR signaling was known to promote sleep after cellular stress.


Cell: Sleeping is Best Healing Medicine?
Damage induces sleep through RIS and ALA neurons, innate immune response, AMPs and EGFR signaling

Simply put, once the antimicrobial peptide is released from the skin wound, it can act as a messenger molecule, activating receptors in the brain. This activation is like a switch to further promote sleep neurons to increase sleep.

It has long been known that antimicrobial peptides work locally, but this study clearly shows that antimicrobial peptides can also act as remote messenger molecules that signal sleep needs from the wound to the nervous system.


Cell: Sleeping is Best Healing Medicine?
Schematic diagram of this study

All in all, this study has discovered a new mechanism-antimicrobial peptides produced in skin wounds can be used as remote signaling molecules to signal to the nervous system to increase protective sleep. This result further emphasizes the important role of sleep in trauma recovery, and the cross-organizational sleep-promoting signal function of antimicrobial peptides may also promote sleep in other animals, including humans.



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