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Exploring the Applications of the Photoprotective Properties of Anthocyanins in Biological Systems

LAQV, REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre s/n, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(20), 7464; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21207464
Received: 14 September 2020 / Revised: 2 October 2020 / Accepted: 7 October 2020 / Published: 10 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Bioactives and Nutraceuticals)
Due to their physical and chemical characteristics, anthocyanins are amongst the most versatile groups of natural compounds. Such unique signature makes these compounds a focus in several different areas of research. Anthocyanins have well been reported as bioactive compounds in a myriad of health disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and obesity, among others, due to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, and anti-proliferative capacities. Such a vast number of action mechanisms may be also due to the number of structurally different anthocyanins plus their related derivatives. In this review, we highlight the recent advances on the potential use of anthocyanins in biological systems with particular focus on their photoprotective properties. Topics such as skin aging and eye degenerative diseases, highly influenced by light, and the action of anthocyanins against such damages will be discussed. Photodynamic Therapy and the potential role of anthocyanins as novel photosensitizers will be also a central theme of this review. View Full-Text
Keywords: anthocyanins; photoprotection; skin aging; eye diseases; photodynamic therapy anthocyanins; photoprotection; skin aging; eye diseases; photodynamic therapy
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Oliveira, H.; Correia, P.; Pereira, A.R.; Araújo, P.; Mateus, N.; de Freitas, V.; Oliveira, J.; Fernandes, I. Exploring the Applications of the Photoprotective Properties of Anthocyanins in Biological Systems. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 7464. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21207464

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Oliveira H, Correia P, Pereira AR, Araújo P, Mateus N, de Freitas V, Oliveira J, Fernandes I. Exploring the Applications of the Photoprotective Properties of Anthocyanins in Biological Systems. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020; 21(20):7464. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21207464

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Oliveira, Hélder; Correia, Patrícia; Pereira, Ana R.; Araújo, Paula; Mateus, Nuno; de Freitas, Victor; Oliveira, Joana; Fernandes, Iva. 2020. "Exploring the Applications of the Photoprotective Properties of Anthocyanins in Biological Systems" Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21, no. 20: 7464. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21207464

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