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Phytother Res. 2012 Apr;26(4):617-9. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3589. Epub 2011 Sep 14.

Evaluation of the antipsoriatic activity of Aloe vera leaf extract using a mouse tail model of psoriasis.

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Department of Phytopharmacy and Phytomedicine (TIFAC CORE HD), JSS College of Pharmacy, Rocklands, Ooty, India. dhanabalsp@rediffmail.com

Abstract

Aloe vera gel is used traditionally for the treatment of skin diseases, including psoriasis. An ethanolic extract of the gel was assessed for antipsoriatic activity using a mouse tail model of psoriasis. The extract produced a significant differentiation in the epidermis, as seen from its degree of orthokeratosis (85.07 ± 3.36%) when compared with the negative control (17.30 ± 4.09%). This was equivalent to the effect of the standard positive control, tazarotene (0.1%) gel, which showed a 90.03 ± 2.00% degree of orthokeratosis. The ethanolic extract of Aloe vera leaf gel also produced a significant increase in relative epidermal thickness when compared with the control group, whereas the standard tazarotene showed no change. Taken together, the extract showed an overall antipsoriatic activity of 81.95%, compared with 87.94 for tazarotene, in the mouse tail model for psoriasis.

PMID:
21915932
DOI:
10.1002/ptr.3589
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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