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J Ethnopharmacol. 2004 Dec;95(2-3):127-32.

Cytoprotective effect on oxidative stress and inhibitory effect on cellular aging of Uncaria sinensis Havil.

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College of Pharmacy, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764, South Korea.


The ethanol extract from the hooks and stems of Uncaria sinensis Havil (Rubiaceae) exhibited significant inhibitory activity on oxidative stress and the age-dependent shortening of the telomeric DNA length. In the peroxidation model using t-BuOOH, the Uncaria sinensis extract showed a notable cytoprotective effect on the HEK-N/F cells with 65.0 +/- 3.0% of cell viability when compared with control cells at a concentration of 50 microg/ml. In addition, the Uncaria sinensis extract exhibited a significant cytoprotective effect against UVB-induced oxidative damage. The life-span of the HEK-N/F cells was elongated by 201% as a result of the continuous administration of 3 microg/ml of the Uncaria sinensis extract compared to that of the control. These observations were attributed to the inhibitory effect of the Uncaria sinensis extract on the age-dependent shortening of the telomere length as shown by the Southern blots of the terminal restriction fragments (TRFs) of DNA extracted from subculture passages.

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