Khairpep’s patented K18Peptide™ has an unusual origin story.
A team of European researchers led by noted biotechnologist, Prof Artur D Cavaco-Paulo were researching the glycoproteins synthesized in the epithelial cells of the lungs. One of the protein fragments (Surfactant Protein D) had a unique ability to diffuse through the lipids (also present in the innermost layers of our hair) and bind with lipophilic proteins such as keratin.
Inspired by this discovery, Prof Artur and his team mapped the entire active keratin genome expression of our hair (think of the Human Genome Project) to identify protein fragments (also called peptides) that could bind very well with the keratin associated proteins (KAP) in our hair. The KAPs play a crucial role in forming a strong hair shaft through a cross linked network with keratin intermediate filaments (KIFs) produced by hair keratins.
After extensive further research that lasted several years, the K18Peptide™ was developed and patented – it is the longest chain peptide that can penetrate the hair cortex to participate and interchange with the di-sulfide bonds in our hair. (long amino acid chains deliver complex functionality and therefore better biological efficacy).
This new frontier of science called biomimetics progressively repairs hair to its healthiest state. It also restores the natural elasticity and texture to your hair without weighing hair down. Your hair feels alive and its youthful best with lasting shine and hair color.