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Jongmi Lim, Chae Jin Lim, Sungwoo Kim, Gaewon Nam, Minyoul Chang, Keedon Park, Kyungho Park, Hyun Jung Kim, Jeong Keun Ahn, Sekyoo Jeong
BACKGROUND: Recently, potential roles of autophagy in skin homeostasis received many interests. But, little has been reported for the potential antiaging effects of autophagy activator. OBJECTIVE: With the newly synthesized autophagy activator, heptasodium hexacarboxymethyl dipeptide-12 (Aquatide™) in vitro and clinical efficacy of the topical autophagy activator as an antiaging cosmeceutical ingredient was evaluated. METHODS: Antioxidant effect of Aquatide™ was evaluated by radical scavenging assay...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Dexter S L Ma, Loh Teng-Hern Tan, Kok-Gan Chan, Wei Hsum Yap, Priyia Pusparajah, Lay-Hong Chuah, Long Chiau Ming, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Learn-Han Lee, Bey-Hing Goh
Bacterial foodborne pathogens are a significant health burden and the recent emergence of pathogenic resistant strains due to the excessive use of antibiotics makes it more difficult to effectively treat infections as a result of contaminated food. Awareness of this impending health crisis has spurred the search for alternative antimicrobials with natural plant antimicrobials being among the more promising candidates as these substances have good acceptability and likely low toxicity levels as they have long been used in traditional medicines...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Jin-Ling Yang, Zong-Feng Hu, Ting-Ting Zhang, An-Di Gu, Ting Gong, Ping Zhu
As the main bioactive constituents of Panax species, ginsenosides possess a wide range of notable medicinal effects such as anti-cancer, anti-oxidative, antiaging, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and neuroprotective activities. However, the increasing medical demand for ginsenosides cannot be met due to the limited resource of Panax species and the low contents of ginsenosides. In recent years, biotechnological approaches have been utilized to increase the production of ginsenosides by regulating the key enzymes of ginsenoside biosynthesis, while synthetic biology strategies have been adopted to produce ginsenosides by introducing these genes into yeast...
March 6, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Alan D Widgerow, Lily I Jiang, Antoanella Calame
INTRODUCTION: An antiaging regimen that aids in clearing the matrix of waste products and stimulating neocollagenesis and neoelastogenesis was tested among a group of subjects over the course of 12 weeks to assess its efficacy in women with mild to moderate wrinkles and skin sagging on the face. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The efficacy of the product regimen was tested in 22 subjects using investigator clinical grading measurements, raking light imaging, 3D imaging, biopsies, and self-assessment questionnaires at baseline and weeks 4, 8, and 12...
March 4, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Yusha Zi, Bo Zhang, Biao Jiang, Xingyao Yang, Zilu Liang, Weiyi Liu, Congfen He, Lei Liu
BACKGROUND: Lentinus edodes is one of the largest edible fungi. Lentinan, extracted from its fruiting body has clinically significant anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, and anticoagulant effects; however, its preventive effects on skin oxidative damage are unclear. AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the in vitro antioxidation capability of lentinan and its protective and reparative effects on a model of cell oxidative damage. METHODS: We evaluated the in vitro antioxidant potential of lentinan by assessing its free-radical quenching ability using DPPH and ABTS and superoxide anions...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Rebecca Ashkenazy, Mary Elizabeth Peterson
There are powerful demographic, political, and environmental trends shaping women's health. Increases in life expectancy, literacy, and empowerment are fueling expansions in education and advocacy. Research and development focuses on women's health and fertility across an expanded age spectrum. There is also a cultural emphasis on antiaging and aesthetics. In parallel, the digital revolution is changing how health care is accessed by and delivered to women. A women's journey through menopause is at the crossroads of these transformations...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Women's Health
Massimo Milani, Adele Sparavigna
Background: Skin is a complete and independent melatoninergic system. At the skin level, melatonin (Mel) acts as a relevant antioxidant and cytoprotective substance. Topical application of Mel is considered meaningful, since it can easily penetrate the stratum corneum. Exogenous Mel can be expected to represent a potent antioxidative defense system against skin aging mechanisms. Day and night creams containing Mel, carried in lipospheres (Melatosphere™), have been developed (Nutriage SPF 30 day cream and Nutriage night cream)...
2018: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
Tinotenda Shoko, Vinesh J Maharaj, Dashnie Naidoo, Malefa Tselanyane, Rudzani Nthambeleni, Eric Khorombi, Zeno Apostolides
BACKGROUND: Degradation of components of the extracellular matrix such as elastin and collagen by elastase and collagenase accelerates skin aging. Phytochemicals that inhibit the activity of these enzymes can be developed as anti-aging ingredients. In this study, an investigation of the anti-aging properties of Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich.) Hochst (Marula) extracts was conducted in vitro with the aim of developing chemically characterized anti-aging ingredients. METHODS: Marula stems, leaves and fruits were extracted using methanol:dichloromethane (DCM) (1:1)...
February 7, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Skylar A Souyoul, Katharine P Saussy, Mary P Lupo
Skin aging is continuously influenced by various internal and external factors such as the biologic progression of cells, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, tobacco, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances that lead to the degradation of skin cells. Through the degradation of skin cells, free radicals and inflammation weaken repair mechanisms and result in collagen and elastic fiber breakdown. The appearance of aging skin is highlighted by skin roughness, wrinkling, pigmentation change, telangiectasias, loss of elasticity, and decreased firmness, all of which are accelerated by these internal and external factors...
February 6, 2018: Dermatology and Therapy
Lucía López-Hortas, Patricia Pérez-Larrán, María Jesús González-Muñoz, Elena Falqué, Herminia Domínguez
Ursolic acid (UA) is a pentacyclic triterpenoid widely found in herbs, leaves, flowers and fruits; update information on the major natural sources or agro-industrial wastes is presented. Traditional (maceration, Soxhlet and heat reflux) and modern (microwave-, ultrasound-, accelerated solvent- and supercritical fluid) extraction and purification technologies of UA, as well as some patented process, are summarized. The great interest in this bioactive compound is related to the beneficial effects in human health due to antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, immunomodulatory, anti-tumor, chemopreventive, cardioprotective, antihyperlipidemic and hypoglycemic activities, and others...
January 2018: Food Research International
Margit Lw Juhász, Melissa K Levin, Ellen S Marmur
BACKGROUND: The cosmeceutical industry is an ever-growing and in demand market, especially in Asia. Korea has been on the forefront of creating the newest generation and most innovative cosmeceuticals products including ingredients such as snail secretions, starfish powder, botanical extracts, green tea, and red ginseng. Given their increasing prevalence in the cosmeceutical industry, scientists have been conducting investigations into these extracts and their properties. OBJECTIVE: To summarize the current literature surrounding multiple natural ingredients found in Korean cosmeceutical products...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Kumud Madan, Sanju Nanda
Safranal, a monoterpene aldehyde, is present as one of the main volatile constituents of Crocus sativus Linn. (saffron flowers). This volatile constituent not only contributes to the aroma of saffron but has been reported to possess antidiabetic, antiulcer, antiasthamatic, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, cardioprotective, anticancer and UV protective properties. Most of these therapeutic actions are contributed by its potential to quench reactive oxygen species (ROS). Antioxidant properties of phytoconstituents are now being explored for developing photoprotective skin formulations...
January 4, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Ángel Gil, Julio Plaza-Diaz, María Dolores Mesa
BACKGROUND: Classically, vitamin D has been implicated in bone health by promoting calcium absorption in the gut and maintenance of serum calcium and phosphate concentrations, as well as by its action on bone growth and reorganization through the action of osteoblasts and osteoclasts cells. However, in the last 2 decades, novel actions of vitamin D have been discovered. The present report summarizes both classic and novel actions of vitamin D. SUMMARY: 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D, the active metabolite of vitamin D, also known as calcitriol, regulates not only calcium and phosphate homeostasis but also cell proliferation and differentiation, and has a key a role to play in the responses of the immune and nervous systems...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
Xian-Fei Zhang, Juan Chen, Jun-Li Yang, Yan-Ping Shi
Lycii Fructus is widely cultivated in the Northwest China. It is well-known for its antiaging effect in traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs), but the effective components are not clear. In this work, the ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) was used to study the antioxidant components of Lycii Fructus through analyzing the spectrum-effect relationship, and the positive correlation components with antioxidant activity were partially identified. The extractums of Lycii Fructus were adsorbed with macroporous resin, and then eluted with water and 30%, 60%, 90% ethanol in turn...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
Yan Yang, Ruolan Dong, Zhihui Chen, Danli Hu, Menglu Fu, Ying Tang, Dao Wen Wang, Xizhen Xu, Ling Tu
Ample evidences demonstrate that cytochrome P450 epoxygenase-derived epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) exert diverse biological activities, which include potent vasodilatory, anti-inflammatory, and cardiovascular protective effects. In this study, we investigated the effects of endothelium-specific CYP2J2 overexpression on age-related insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction. Endothelium-specific targeting of the human CYP epoxygenase, CYP2J2, transgenic mice (Tie2-CYP2J2-Tr mice) was utilized. The effects of endothelium-specific CYP2J2 overexpression on aging-associated obesity, inflammation, and peripheral insulin resistance were evaluated by assessing metabolic parameters in young (3 months old) and aged (16 months old) adult male Tie2-CYP2J2-Tr mice...
January 10, 2018: Aging Cell
Hwayong Park, Youn-Hwan Hwang, Jin Yeul Ma
Background: Traditional medicine and herbal prescriptions are becoming more popular, and they account for a large share of the world's healthcare research studies, developments, and market demands. Increasing scientific evidence of the substantive efficacies such as preventive health keeping pharmaceutical materials and dietary supplements can be found elsewhere. Above all, safety should be the critical premise for considering developmental materials such as pharmaceuticals without side effects and toxicity...
December 2017: Integrative Medicine Research
Iqra Sarfraz, Azhar Rasul, Farhat Jabeen, Tahira Younis, Muhammad Kashif Zahoor, Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Ali
Fraxinus, a member of the Oleaceae family, commonly known as ash tree is found in northeast Asia, north America, east and western France, China, northern areas of Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Chemical constituents of Fraxinus plant include various secoiridoids, phenylethanoids, flavonoids, coumarins, and lignans; therefore, it is considered as a plant with versatile biological and pharmacological activities. Its tremendous range of pharmacotherapeutic properties has been well documented including anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and neuroprotective...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Ping Zhao, Chengcheng Zhao, Xia Li, Qingzhi Gao, Luqi Huang, Peigen Xiao, Wenyuan Gao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The genus Polygonatum (Asparagaceae) comprises 71 species distributed throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere. The medicinal plants of Polygonatum have been traditionally used as tonics in Chinese, India, Pakistan, Iran, Japan, etc., and have been demonstrated in clinical practice to be highly effective in the treatment of age-related diseases, diabetes, lung diseases, fatigue, feebleness, indigestion, etc. AIM OF THE REVIEW: This paper aims to provide systematical information on ethnopharmacology, chemical constituents, pharmacological effects and toxicity of Polygonatum plants in order to explore potential medicinal resources or candidate compounds for future research...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Imke Göllner, Werner Voss, Ulrike von Hehn, Susanne Kammerer
Intake of oral supplements with the aim of a cutaneous antiaging effect are increasingly common. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a promising candidate, as it is the key factor for preserving tissue hydration. In our practice study, we evaluated the effect of an oral HA preparation diluted in a cascade-fermented organic whole food concentrate supplemented with biotin, vitamin C, copper, and zinc (Regulatpro Hyaluron) on skin moisture content, elasticity, skin roughness, and wrinkle depths. Twenty female subjects with healthy skin in the age group of 45 to 60 years took the product once daily for 40 days...
October 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Ajay Sharma, Dharambir Kashyap, Katrin Sak, Hardeep Singh Tuli, Anil K Sharma
Bioactive polyphenolic compounds derived from plants are being utilized for prevention of various chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disorders. Quercetin, a potential poly-phenolic flavonol, found in onions, apples and berries, has been implicated against cancer proliferation, chronic inflammation and various other oxidative manifestations. Evidences suggested that quercetin negatively regulates the numerous crucial signaling pathways associated with life-threatening diseases. Major signaling pathways including NF-κB, MAPK, PI3K-AKT and mTOR are found to be regulated by quercetin...
January 2018: Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst
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