Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 20, Issue 10, pp 723–728 | Cite as

The contribution of deer velvet antler research to the modern biological medicine

  • Yu-shu Huo (霍玉书)Email author
  • Hong Huo (霍 虹)
  • Jie Zhang (张 洁)
Feature Article


Deer velvet antler is the only mammal organ which can continuous regenerate. Currently, international scholars are interested in antler that is defined as a perfect regeneration model of neuro, blood vessel, connective tissue, cartilage, and bones. In 1986, we started to study the separation of active protein and peptide of fresh velvet antler using classic biochemical methods. After entering the 21st century, we further investigated the differentiation of antler proteome from different growth periods using advance differential proteomics approach, and unveiled the correlation between the proteome difference and life cycle. The international antler research has entered the stage of molecular biology, and will no doubt have a profound impact on the modern biomedical fields, such as regenerative medicine, organ degeneration and dysplasia, trauma medicine and anti-inflammatory treatment, growth factor research, as well as creation of new medical thinking.


deer antler regenerate Chinese medicine proteomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu-shu Huo (霍玉书)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hong Huo (霍 虹)
    • 2
  • Jie Zhang (张 洁)
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of Texas Health Science Center at San AnonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.No.1810 GroupDalian Chemical and Physical Institure of Chinese Academy of Sciencce DalianLiaoning ProvinceChina
  3. 3.Key Lab of Urban Environment and Health, Institute of Urban EnvironmentChinese Academy of SciencesXiamen, Fujian ProvinceChina

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