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Cosmetics 2014, 1(2), 94-104; doi:10.3390/cosmetics1020094

Plant Cell Cultures as Source of Cosmetic Active Ingredients

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Arterra Bioscience srl, via B. Brin 69, 80142 Napoli, Italy
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Vitalab srl/Arterra Bioscience srl, via B. Brin 69, 80142 Napoli, Italy
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Received: 4 March 2014 / Revised: 11 April 2014 / Accepted: 12 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stem Cells in Skincare)
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Abstract

The last decades witnessed a great demand of natural remedies. As a result, medicinal plants have been increasingly cultivated on a commercial scale, but the yield, the productive quality and the safety have not always been satisfactory. Plant cell cultures provide useful alternatives for the production of active ingredients for biomedical and cosmetic uses, since they represent standardized, contaminant-free and biosustainable systems, which allow the production of desired compounds on an industrial scale. Moreover, thanks to their totipotency, plant cells grown as liquid suspension cultures can be used as “biofactories” for the production of commercially interesting secondary metabolites, which are in many cases synthesized in low amounts in plant tissues and differentially distributed in the plant organs, such as roots, leaves, flowers or fruits. Although it is very widespread in the pharmaceutical industry, plant cell culture technology is not yet very common in the cosmetic field. The aim of the present review is to focus on the successful research accomplishments in the development of plant cell cultures for the production of active ingredients for cosmetic applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: plant cell cultures; active ingredients; cosmetics plant cell cultures; active ingredients; cosmetics
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Barbulova, A.; Apone, F.; Colucci, G. Plant Cell Cultures as Source of Cosmetic Active Ingredients. Cosmetics 2014, 1, 94-104.

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