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Pharmaceuticals 2009, 2(3), 194-205; doi:10.3390/ph2030194
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Resveratrol: An Antiaging Drug with Potential Therapeutic Applications in Treating Diseases

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Received: 5 November 2009 / Revised: 2 December 2009 / Accepted: 10 December 2009 / Published: 15 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phytochemicals with actions on the Central Nervous System)
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Abstract

The prevention of aging is one of the most fascinating areas in biomedicine. The first step in the development of effective drugs for aging prevention is a knowledge of the biochemical pathways responsible for the cellular aging process. In this context it seems clear that free radicals play a key role in the aging process. However, in recent years it has been demonstrated that the families of enzymes called sirtuins, specifically situin 1 (SIRT1), have an anti-aging action. Thus, the natural compound resveratrol is a natural compound that shows a very strong activation of SIRT1 and also shows antioxidant effects. By activating sirtuin 1, resveratrol modulates the activity of numerous proteins, including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor coactivator-1α (PGC-1 alpha), the FOXO family, Akt (protein kinase B) and NFκβ. In the present review, we suggest that resveratrol may constitute a potential drug for prevention of ageing and for the treatment of several diseases due to its antioxidant properties and sirtuin activation.
Keywords: resveratrol; Alzheimer’s disease; Parkinson’s disease; SIRT1 resveratrol; Alzheimer’s disease; Parkinson’s disease; SIRT1
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Camins, A.; Junyent, F.; Verdaguer, E.; Beas-Zarate, C.; Rojas-Mayorquín, A.E.; Ortuño-Sahagún, D.; Pallàs, M. Resveratrol: An Antiaging Drug with Potential Therapeutic Applications in Treating Diseases. Pharmaceuticals 2009, 2, 194-205.

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