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Abstract

Influence of Tridax procumbens on lysyl oxidase activity and wound healing.

Abstract

The effects of extracts from T. procumbens plants on developing granulation tissue in rats were evaluated in laboratory experiments. Subcutaneously harvested granuloma tissue formed on dead space wounds was removed at 4 d intervals up to 32 d after wounding. Lysyl oxidase activity, protein content, specific activity and breaking strength were all increased in extract-treated rats after 8 d. It was concluded that the extract may have a dual role, the 1st a stimulatory (direct) effect in the initial phase of wound healing and the 2nd a depressant (indirect) effect in the later stage.