Peptides (from Greek language πεπτός, peptós “digested”; derived from πέσσειν, péssein “to digest”) are short chains of amino acids linked by peptide (amide) bonds.
The simplest peptides are dipeptides, followed by tripeptides, tetrapeptides, etc. A polypeptide is a long, continuous, and unbranched peptide chain. Hence, peptides fall under the broad chemical classes of biological oligomers and polymers, alongside nucleic acids, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides, etc.
What do peptides do for skin?
“By acting as messengers, signal peptides can trigger collagen synthesis, which then increases skin firmness.” … When peptides help boost collagen production, it also boosts hydration. Aids in collagen production: Peptides send a signal to your skin’s cells telling them it’s time to boost collagen production.
Peptide & Medicines
Peptide medicines can be used to replace or mimic the functions of naturally occurring peptides or to emulate the ability of peptides to engage targets in a highly potent and selective manner. Some peptide therapies can be made using chemical processes, while others are produced inside genetically modified cells.
What Are the Benefits of Peptides?
Peptides are precursors to proteins, which require at least 50 bonded amino acids, according to PeptideGuide.com. In addition to performing a host of essential functions in the body, peptides may have formed the basis for cellular life on Earth, according to the article, “Peptides May Hold ‘Missing Link’,” published on May 3, 2010, based on work by researchers at Emory University.