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Crocin, a natural molecule with potentially beneficial effects against skin ageing

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Oxidative stress and low‐grade chronic inflammation stand out as key features of physiological skin ageing. The aim of this study was to examine in normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEK) and human dermal fibroblasts (HDF) grown in vitro, the antioxidant and anti‐inflammatory properties of crocin, a carotenoid glycoside responsible for the colour of saffron. Moreover, considering the newly emerging field of skin glycobiology and the presence of two gentiobiosyl moieties in crocin, the effect of crocin on NHEK glycosylation pathways was for the first time investigated.
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Keywords: ageing; crocin; glycobiology; inflammation; lectin; oxidative stress

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2018

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