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Phytochemicals suppress nuclear factor-κB signaling: impact on health span and the aging process.
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PMID:  22108095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We will briefly review the current knowledge on the major molecular targets of plant-derived phytochemicals, particularly their connections to nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling, and accordingly link these observations to their anti-inflammatory properties and beneficial effects on the aging process and age-related degenerative diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: Many of the major phytochemicals, for example, flavonoids and terpenoids, possess significant therapeutic properties including anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects. Although phytochemicals have multiple molecular targets, recent studies have indicated that many of them can activate signaling pathways driven by AMP-activated protein kinase and nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2. These pathways are potent inhibitors of NF-κB signaling, a crucial inducer of inflammatory responses and cancer formation. Current opinion suggests that inflammation has a critical role in the aging process and in the pathogenesis of age-related degenerative diseases and, thus, anti-inflammatory properties of phytochemicals could explain their beneficial effects on health span and lifespan. SUMMARY: Plant-derived phytochemicals are promising lead compounds helping modern drug discovery to develop potent and safe inhibitors for age-related inflammatory disorders driven by NF-κB signaling.
Antero Salminen; Anu Kauppinen; Kai Kaarniranta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1535-3885     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
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Created Date:  2011-11-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9804399     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
aDepartment of Neurology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland bDepartment of Neurology, Kuopio University Hospital cDepartment of Ophthalmology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland dDepartment of Ophthalmology, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland.
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