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Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Discontinued)


ISSN (Print): 1871-5222
ISSN (Online): 1875-6115

Research Article

Effects of Peach (Prunus persica)-Derived Glucosylceramide on the Human Skin

Author(s): Takashi Koikeda, Yoshihiro Tokudome, Musashi Okayasu*, Yuki Kobayashi, Kohei Kuroda, Junko Yamakawa, Kiyosato Niu, Kou Masuda and Masami Saito

Volume 17, Issue 1, 2017

Page: [56 - 70] Pages: 15

DOI: 10.2174/1871522217666170906155435

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Background: Plant-derived ceramides are functional natural products with various physiological effects that improve water retention and skin permeability functions.

Objective: Herein, we isolated peach (Prunus persica)-derived glucosylceramide with high purity and evaluated its effects on moisture and permeability of skin.

Methods: Three separate experiments were performed: evaluations of the effect of peachderived glucosylceramide application on the ceramide content in a three-dimensional human cultured skin model, water retention effect of the oral administration of the peach-derived glucosylceramide on human skin functionality, and safety of the long-term administration of the peach-derived glucosylceramide in human subjects.

Results: Treatments of three-dimensional cultures of human skin with peach-derived glucosylceramide led to dose-dependent increases in human ceramide contents. Additionally, after oral administration of ceramide to humans, dose-dependent improvements in water retention functions of skin, suppression of trans-epidermal water loss and improvements in skin texture were observed. Furthermore, no significant changes in subjective/objective symptoms, physical characteristics, or laboratory test values were observed in human subjects following long term oral administration of ceramide at doses that were 4.5-9-times greater than recommended. Taken together, the present data indicate the positive effects of peach ceramide on skin function and no adverse effects.

Conclusion: Ingestion of peach ceramide safely improved the state of the skin.

Keywords: Glucosylceramide, skin function, open-label trial, stratum corneum, Prunus persica, moisturizing effect, skin texture.

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