Next Article in Journal
Hair Strengthening Evaluation of Anisotropic Osmolite Solutions (Inositol + Arginine): Cross-Talk between Dermal Papilla Fibroblast and Keratinocytes of the Outer Root Sheath Using a µHair Follicle 3D Model
Next Article in Special Issue
Novel Lipidized Derivatives of the Bioflavonoid Hesperidin: Dermatological, Cosmetic and Chemopreventive Applications
Previous Article in Journal
Anti-aging Effects of Select Botanicals: Scientific Evidence and Current Trends
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Use of Plants in Skin-Care Products, Cosmetics and Fragrances: Past and Present
Order Article Reprints
Font Type:
Arial Georgia Verdana
Font Size:
Aa Aa Aa
Line Spacing:
Column Width:

Anti-Aging Properties of Plant Stem Cell Extracts

Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, Cracow University of Technology, Warszawska St. 24, 31-155 Cracow, Poland
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Cosmetics 2018, 5(4), 55;
Received: 9 August 2018 / Revised: 20 September 2018 / Accepted: 21 September 2018 / Published: 22 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anti-aging Properties of Natural Compounds)


Skin aging is a complex process which involves all the layers of the epidermis and dermis. In order to slow skin aging, methods are researched which would strengthen and protect skin stem cells. Science is in search of the right method to stimulate the proliferation of epidermal stem cells. Plant stem cells show outstanding anti-aging properties, as they can, among other activities, stimulate fibroblasts to synthesise collagen, which, in turn, stimulates skin regeneration. One of the most important agents which give anti-aging properties to plant stem cell extracts is kinetin (6-furfuryladenine). This compound belongs to a cytokine group and is considered to be a strong antioxidant which protects protein and nucleic acids from oxidation and glycoxidation processes. It enables cells to remove the excess of free radicals to protect them from oxidative stress.

1. Introduction

Skin aging is a complex process which involves all the layers of the epidermis and dermis. Internal and external factors influence this process. The most important external factor in skin aging is UV radiation, which causes photoaging of the skin. The free radicals that are formed as a result of the UV radiation cause the degradation of unsaturated lipids of the intercellular cement, gaps in the lipid barrier of the skin (and, as a result, increased TEWL), and changes in the structure of fibrillar proteins–collagen and elastins.
The internal factors that cause changes in the skin structure are, primarily, physiological disorders in the rate of epidermis exfoliation, inhibition of tissue regeneration, and inhibition of tissue growth and differentiation processes. The reduction of the regenerative potential of the skin is the result of, among other factors, lower activity of the stem cells.
There are two mechanisms that limit the proliferation of human cells: replicative aging related to changes in the structure and length of telomeres, and premature aging occurring without visible changes in telomeres. The first of the abovementioned mechanisms characterises cells with a high proliferation potential (e.g., fibroblasts). It is initiated with an ongoing loss of telomeric repeats and is accompanied by the uncapping of the telomere loop structure. It is believed that this phenomenon can be the result of the end-replication problem, i.e., the inability of the DNA polymerase to completely synthesise a daughter strand on the parental lagging strand matrix [1,2]. In addition to the end-replication problem, the progressive destruction of telomeric DNA may occur due to long-term exposure of the cells to stressors, especially oxidative stress. One of the direct consequences of the DNA exposure to reactive oxygen species (ROS) is damage within the particularly sensitive oxidation sequence, which is rich in guanine, at the endings of 3’ telomeres. As a result, replication is immediately interrupted and, in consequence, telomeres are shortened [3].
In order to slow skin aging, methods are being researched which would strengthen and protect skin cells. The aim of modern anti-aging cosmetics is to improve the look of the skin by stimulating and regenerating natural physiological processes that improve the skin condition and to protect the skin from factors that cause its aging, regardless of its actual age [4]. Therefore, anti-aging cosmetics contain substances that protect the skin from solar radiation (UV filters). The second group of materials found in such cosmetics contains substances which neutralise free radicals: vitamins E and C, coenzyme Q10, carotenoids, or polyphenols and flavonoids found in plant extracts. The substances which regenerate and delay aging of the skin include nucleic acids, protein hydrolysates, algae extracts rich in microelements, EFA plant oils (especially oils from cereal germs, oenothera oil, borage oil), and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) with keratolytic and softening effects. The recently popular ingredients also include: phytohormones, cytokines, and neuropeptides [5]. In recent years, special attention has been paid to stem cells and their potential in the stimulation process of the proliferation of the epidermis stem cells [2,6,7].
Currently, the European law [8] prohibits, on ethical grounds, the use of substances of human and animal (obtained against their welfare) origin; therefore, the cosmetic industry is interested in plant resources. The protection of human stem cells, stimulation of skin regeneration, and prevention of the skin aging processes are the declared effects of plant stem cells [2,9].

2. The Characteristics of Plant Stem Cells

Stem cells are found in plant and animal organisms. They differ from other cells due to their unusual properties, proliferation ability (continuous multiplication), and differentiation into specialised cells (depending on the organ in which they are present), and they are also responsible for the growth and repair of damaged tissues [6,7,10].
The plant stem cells are found in shoot apical meristems and root lateral meristems. In these places, the cells divide throughout the plant’s life, creating new organs. All parts of the plant, including leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds, are formed from the connective tissue cells which are in the apical part of the stem. The plant meristems contain growing tips. The growth process occurs in them through systematic cell division. The plant stem cells that are present in growing tips are characterised with totipotency, i.e., the ability of one cell to divide and produce all differentiated cells in an organism. It allows plants to build new organs throughout their life. For cosmetic purposes, plant stem cells are reproduced in cell culture with a micropropagation method (microreproduction), which involves in vitro cell culture. The first step is the selection of the plant part (fruit, leaf, or root). Next, callus creation is induced by cutting the plant and moving the taken stem cells to agar plates. Cell growth occurs in a liquid environment. Special bioreactors are used in a large-scale cell culture, as they ensure controlled culture conditions. The grown stem cells are exposed to high pressure, and then to cell membrane digestion and the release of its contents to the substrate. In total, 55% of the plant cell volume consists of cell walls and membranes. The rest is cytosol (intracellular fluid), which contains various organelles and consists of 90% water [6,7,11].
The extracts derived from plant stem cells are the source of many active substances that are safe for the human body, because they do not produce the response of the immune system. Their acquisition is environmentally friendly and possible even in the case of hard to reach or endangered plants, without causing interference and disturbance in their natural habitat. The plant stem cells are responsible for many positive cosmetic effects, such as [11,12]:
  • extending the life of fibroblasts and stimulating their activity (e.g., Oryza sativa, Gardenia jasminoides);
  • increasing the flexibility of the epidermis (e.g., Symphytum officinale, Capsicum annuum, Opuntia spp.);
  • regulating cell division (e.g., Oryza sativa, Lotus japonicus);
  • rebuilding damaged epidermis (e.g., Panax ginsgen, Opuntia spp.);
  • activating DNA repair of the cells, protecting them from oxidative stress (e.g., Rubus ideaus, Lycopersicon esculentum, e.g., Citrus limon);
  • protecting against UV radiation (e.g., Dolichos biflorus, Opuntia ficus indica).
It should be noted, however, that plant stem cells are extremely sensitive to external factors, such as light or temperature, and therefore, in cosmetic products, they are used in the form of extracts soluble in lipids (extracted with oils) and soluble in water (extracted with glycerol), powdered extracts (with maltodextrin), liposomes, nanoemulsions, or suspensions [11,12,13].

3. Plant Stem Cells with Anti-Aging Effects

The best extracts can be obtained from the stem cells of those plants whose seeds or fruit maintain freshness and reproducibility for a long time. An important factor that should be taken into account during the selection of a plant is its habitat in difficult environmental conditions or its ability to “heal” other plants.
The pioneer in producing plant stem cells for the cosmetic industry is Mibelle AG Biochemistry company (Switzerland), which implemented apple stem cells (PhytoCellTecTM Malus Domestica) in 2008. Liposomes were used as extract carriers. In 2008 [6], the results of an experiment were published in which human fibroblasts were incubated with typical symptoms of aging by damaging the cell DNA in a 2% stem cell extract in order to reverse aging. The obtained results confirmed the effectiveness of improving the lifetime of the umbilical cord blood stem cells and extending the lifetime of the cells isolated from human hair follicles. Moreover, the clinical study, which was carried out on a group of 20 probants who used a cream with a 2% PhytoCellTecTM Malus Domestica active ingredient for four weeks, confirmed the effectiveness of the stem cell extract in reducing wrinkles (crow’s feet) on their faces. The wrinkles around the eyes were shallowed by 8% after two weeks, and 15% after four weeks of use. Since then, Mibelle AG Biochemistry has introduced extracts from plant stem cells of Vitis vinifera (PhytoCellTecTM Solar Vitis), Saponaria pumila (PhytoCellTecTM nunatak®), or Argania spinosa (PhytoCellTecTM Argan) on the market in the form of suspensions which also show anti-wrinkle effects and which improve the activity of the epidermis stem cells [12].
Anti-aging properties are also found in glycerin extracts from stem cells acquired from ginger (Zingiber officinale) leaf cell extracts, obtained by Naolys company (France) [14]. These properties were confirmed with a clinical study of 22 women. After 28 days of use, the skin structure was improved, pores reduced in size by 50%, and a matting effect (gloss reduction by 15% and sebum reduction by 19%) was observed after just six days of application. The in vitro results showed an increase in the synthesis of elastin and fibres and a reduction of the sebum production rate. In addition, Naolys also offers a glycerin extract from stem cells of Iris pallida (All Even Sweet iris), Olea europea (All Fiber Booster Olive tree), Hibiscus rosa (All Fiber Booster Chinese hibiscus), and Camellia sinensis (All Fiber Booster Green tea), which also show anti-aging effects on the skin [12].
There are other companies on the cosmetic market which offer active ingredients in the form of stem cell extracts, e.g.,: Active Concepts LLC (USA), Akott Evolution S.R.L. (Italy), Biocosmethic (France), Infinitec (Spain), Innova BM (Bulgaria), In vitro Plant-tech AB (Sweden), Sederma (Croda Personal Care, United Kingdom), Provital Group (Spain), and Vitalab s.r.l. (Arterra Bioscience s.r.l, Italy) [12].
Moreover, the anti-aging effect of the stem cell extracts is also confirmed in the literature.
Syringa Vulgaris (lilac leaf) stem cell extract, due to its verbascoside content, possesses multi-faceted benefits, and may be used in the treatment of commonly seen inflammatory, acneic, aging, and photodamaged skin conditions [15].
Ginseng callus culture extract owes its anti-aging properties to the presence of useful metabolites, e.g., ginseng saponin and polysaccharide [16].
Tomato stem cell extract, obtained from Lycopersicon esculentum cell liquid cultures, can also find applications in anti-aging skin care cosmetic formulations to promote healthy skin. It is a rich source of flavonoids (rutin), phenolic acids (chlorogenic acid, coumaric acid, protocatechuic acid), and beta-carotene. Because of its antioxidant activity, the extract can protect the skin cells from oxidative stress and heavy metal-induced damage [17].
M. Caucanas [18] described a beneficial boosting effect of samphire cell biomass on the kinetics of epidermal permeability barrier repair. The study, supported by the results of Lequeux et al. [19], suggested that both the epidermal cell proliferation and maturation/differentiation were stimulated by Samphire cell stem cell extracts.
Another source of effective antioxidants, such as neohesperidin and naringin, is Citrus aurantium stem cell extract [20]. CitrustemTM obtained from orange stem cells, launching Provital Stem Cells Collection, shows an anti-aging effect. Under the cell extract treatment, the synthesis of collagen and other key elements of the extracellular matrix grow [21]. A group of 20 women between 41 and 55 years old applied a 3% formula of CitrustemTM twice a day for 56 days against a placebo formula. After this period, they observed, among other benefits, a 17.5% increase in skin elasticity.
Moreover, according to the literature, it was confirmed that the stem cells obtained from Coffea bengalensis culture [22] and Nicotiana sylvestris [23] stimulate fibroblasts to synthesise collagen which, in turn, stimulates skin regeneration.

4. Antioxidant Activity of Steam Cell Extracts

As it has been mentioned above, free radicals are considered to be the most active compounds in skin aging. They damage DNA and assist in dehydrogenation, hydroxylation, and protein glycation. Radicals also damage the lipids in the stratum corneum. Consequently, tissue loses its elasticity and capacity to regulate transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and cell replication becomes less efficient [4,5]. Therefore, antioxidants are important raw materials of anti-ageing cosmetics [24].
The extracts from plant stem cells are an excellent source of known antioxidant compounds, such as polyphenols, phenolic acids, flavonoids, triterpenes, carotenoids, and peptides, which give the anti-aging properties [11,12].
The antioxidant activity of phenolic compounds is mainly due to their redox properties, which can play an important role in adsorbing and neutralizing free radicals, quenching singlet and triplet oxygen, and decomposing peroxides [25]. In the case of flavonoids, antioxidant activity depends on their structure. The configuration, substitution, number of hydroxyl groups, and total number of sugar moieties in flavonoids (flavonoids glycosides) play an important role [26,27,28]. Several mechanisms of antioxidant activity, such as: (1) radical scavenging; (2) suppression of ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) formation, either by the inhibition of enzymes or by chelating metal ions (iron, copper, etc.), which are involved in free radical generation; and (3) protection of antioxidant defences, are described in the literature. The hydroxyl groups configuration is the most significant determinant of the scavenging of ROS and RNS (Nitrogen Reactive Species) because they donate hydrogen and an electron to hydroxyl, peroxyl, and peroxynitrite radicals, stabilizing them and giving rise to a relatively stable flavonoids radical [29,30,31].
N. Goutzourelas et al. [32] studied the antioxidant effect of a phenolic compound from grape (Vitis vinifera) stem extracts on endothelial and muscle cells. They found that the polyphenolic composition of grape stem extracts affects their antioxidant capacity. The treatment with grape stem extracts, at low concentrations, improves the redox status of endothelial and muscle cells. On the basis of the obtained results, the researchers suggested that trans-resveratrol, gallic acid, (+)-catechin, ferulic acid, caffeic acid, quercetin, coumaric acid, and kaempferol could be essential for the antioxidant activity of grape stem extracts. The antioxidant properties of Buddleja Davidii stem cell culture are related to the content of phenylpropanoid glycosides, such as the verbascoside, isoverbascoside, leucosceptoside A, and martinoside [33].
Another rich source of phenylpropanoid compounds, especially isoverbascoside, is Syringa Vulgaris leaf cell culture extract [34].
Tito et al. [17] reported that the tomato stem extract is a rich source of the most phenolic acids and flavonoids found in tomato fruits. They realized that the content of rutin, coumaric, protocatechuic, and chlorogenic acids, in the cell extract, was higher than in tomato fruit and that the tomato cell extract showed a higher total antioxidant capacity in comparison with that of the tomato fruit extract. The high antioxidant activity of a raspberry stem cell extract was reported by Barbulova and co-authors [35]. Among other analyzed polyphenolic components, the most abundant were ferulic acid and quercitin ramnoside.
Antioxidant activity of several plant stem cell extracts was confirmed in the work of Bazylak and Gryn [36]. The total poliphenolic content and scavenging of DPPH radicals were evaluated for stem cell extracts of paper mulberry (Brussonetia kazinoki), grape (Vitis vinifer), magnolsi (Magnolia sieboldii), green tea (Camelia sinensis), white ginseng (Panax ginsen), and hydroponically cultivated ginseng. All of the studied extracts showed high antioxidant activity, but the most effective ones were the green tea stem cell extract and white ginseng extract [36].

Kinetin—Powerful Antioxidant

One of the most important agents which give anti-aging properties to plant stem cell extracts is kinetin (6-furfuryladenine) (Figure 1), a cytokine hormone for plant growth. It is one of the purine bases of the nucleic acid and an adenine derivative. Kinetin was isolated for the first time from herring sperm in 1955. In 1996, it was discovered in freshly extracted DNA from human cells, in plant cell extracts, and in human urine [37,38,39,40]. Kinetin occurs in nature in the stem cells of many plants, e.g., Australian pine tree (Casuarina equisetifolia) or gingergrass (Cymbopogon martinii var. motia) [39]. Very high concentrations of kinetin were found in stem cells of lemon (Citrus limon) [41] and raspberry (Rubus chamaemorus) [42].
Kinetin is considered to be a strong natural antioxidant which protects protein and nucleic acids from oxidation and glycoxidation processes [43,44,45]. This compound enables cells to remove the excess of free radicals to protect them from oxidative stress. It works in two ways. It can involve inducing the synthesis of regenerative enzymes, which remove modified bases from the DNA chain and provide protection against free radicals and oxidative stress; or creating complex compounds with copper (II) ions, which activate superoxide dismutase, the key enzyme in the organism’s antioxidation barrier [44,45]. Kinetin protects the cell DNA by inhibiting the creation of 8-oxo-dG, an oxidative marker of genetic material damage, which is formed as a result of the Fenton reaction [44].
This natural growth factor is a precise tool for stimulating skin stem cells. According to research, it improves the barrier functions of the spinous layer of the epidermis; stimulates keratinocytes; lowers water loss through the epidermis, which improves its pigmentation; and reduces surface wrinkles [46,47,48,49,50,51].
According to the literature, the abovementioned cytokine slows down the aging process of the plant’s leaf cells [52] and human cells in in vitro cultures [53]. The anti-aging effect of kinetin was also confirmed for the skin endothelium cells. Cytokine activated the cell proliferation, inhibited endothelium cell aging, and stimulated their proliferating and metabolic properties [46].

5. Summary

The topic of stem cells has become very popular in recent years, especially within the cosmetic industry. The extracts obtained from plant stem cells are a source of many active substances, such as polyphenols, phenolic acids, triterpenes, flavonoids, carotenoids, fatty acids, sugars, and peptides, which give the anti-aging properties. They cause, e.g., extension of the life of fibroblasts and stimulation of their regenerative activity. According to the studies, one of the strongest inhibitors of aging processes in human cells is kinetin, a cytokine whose high concentration was found in stem cells of, e.g., citrus fruit and raspberry.

Author Contributions

All the authors contributed to the writing and editing of the article.


This research received no external funding.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


  1. Ksiazek, K. Oxidative stress as an universal cause of aging—From human somatic cells to the unicellular yeast and bacteria. Postęp. Biochem. 2010, 56, 260–268. [Google Scholar]
  2. Trehan, S.; Michniak-Kohn, B.; Beri, K. Plant stem cells in cosmetics: Current trends and future directions. Future Sci. OA 2017, 3, FSO226. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. Sosińska, P.; Mikuła-Pietrasik, J.; Książek, K. Molecular bases of cellular senescence: Hayflick phenomenon 50 years later. Postep. Hig. Med. Dosw. 2016, 70, 231–242. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. Rhein, L.D.; Fluhr, J.W. Starzenie Skóry. Aktualne Strategie Terapeutyczne; MedPharm Polska: Wrocław, Poland, 2013; pp. 3–23. [Google Scholar]
  5. Industry Experts, Antiaging: Physiology to Formulation; Collective work; Allured Publishing Corporation: Carol Stream, IL, USA, 2006.
  6. Schmid, D.; Schürch, C.; Blum, P.; Belser, E.; Zülli, F. Plant Stem Cell Extract for Longevity of Skin and Hair. SOFW J. 2008, 134, 30–35. [Google Scholar]
  7. Moruś, M.; Baran, M.; Rost-Roszkowska, M.; Skotnicka-Graca, U. Plant stem cells as innovation in cosmetics. Acta Pol. Pharm. 2014, 71, 701–707. [Google Scholar] [PubMed]
  8. Directive No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on Cosmetic Products. Available online: (accessed on 21 September 2018).
  9. Available online:,14952 (accessed on 25 March 2018).
  10. Schürch, C.; Blum, P.; Zulli, F. Potential of plant cells in culture for cosmetic application. Phytochem. Rev. 2008, 7, 599–605. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  11. Barbulova, A.; Apone, F.; Colluci, G. Plant cell cultures as source of cosmetic active ingredients. Cosmetics 2014, 1, 94–104. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  12. Georgiev, V.; Slavov, A.; Vasileva, I.; Pavlov, A. Plant cell culture as emerging technology for production of active cosmetic ingredients. Eng. Life Sci. 2018, 0, 1–20. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  13. Draelos, Z. Plant stem cells and skin care. Cosmet. Dermatol. 2012, 25, 395–396. [Google Scholar]
  14. Available online: (accessed on 15 July 2018).
  15. Price, C. An in-depth look at lilac stem cell extract in skin care. Pract. Dermatol. 2014, 5, 46–48. [Google Scholar]
  16. Wu, J.; Zhong, J.-J. Production of ginseng and its bioactive components in plant cell culture: Current technological and applied aspects. J. Biotechnol. 1999, 68, 89–99. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  17. Tito, A.; Carola, A.; Bimonte, M.; Barbulova, A.; Arciello, S.; de Laurentiis, F.; Monoli, I.; Hill, J.; Gibertoni, S.; Colucci, G.; et al. A tomato stem cell extract, containing antioxidant compounds and metal chelating factors, protects skin cells from heavy metal induced damages. Int. J. Cosmet. Sci. 2011, 33, 543–552. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  18. Caucanas, M.; Montastier, C.; Piérard, G.E.; Quatresooz, P. Dynamics of skin barrier repair following preconditioning by a biotechnology-driven extract from samphire (Crithmum maritimum) stem cells. J. Cosmet. Dermatol. 2011, 10, 288–293. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  19. Lequeux, C.; Lhoste, A.; Rovere, M.R.; Montastier, C.; Damour, O. Model of in vitro healing to test the influence of dedifferentiated Crithmum maritimum cells on dermal repair and epidermal regeneration. Skin Pharmacol. Physiol. 2011, 24, 75–80. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. Del Rio, J.A.; Ortuño, A.; Marin, E.R.; Puig, D.G.; Sabater, F. Bioproduction of neohesperidin and naringin in callus cultures of Citrus aurantium. Plant Cell Rep. 1992, 11, 592–596. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  21. Available online: (accessed on 28 July 2018).
  22. Bimonte, M.; Tito, A.; Carola, A.; Barbulova, A.; Monoli, I.; Cucchiara, M.; Hill, J.; Colucci, G.; Apone, F. Coffea bengalensis for anti-wrinkle and skin toning applications. Cosmet. Toilet. 2011, 126, 644–650. [Google Scholar]
  23. Apone, F.; Tito, A.; Carola, A.; Arciello, S.; Tortora, A.; Filippini, L.; Monoli, I.; Cucchiara, M.; Gibertoni, S.; Chrispeels, M.; et al. A mixture of peptides and sugars derived from plant cell walls increases plant defense responses to stress and attenuates ageing-associated molecular changes in cultured skin cells. J. Biotechnol. 2010, 145, 367–376. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  24. Knott, A.; Koop, U.; Mielke, H.; Reuschlein, K.; Peters, N.; Muhr, G.M.; Lenz, H.; Wensorra, U.; Jaspers, S.; Kolbe, L.; et al. A novel treatment option for photoaged skin. J. Cosmet. Dermatol. 2008, 7, 15–22. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  25. Velioglu, Y.S.; Mazza, G.; Gao, L.; Oomah, B.D. Antioxidant activity and total phenolics in selected fruits, vegetables, and grain products. J. Agric. Food Chem. 1998, 46, 4113–4117. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  26. Burda, S.; Oleszek, W. Antioxidant and antiradical activities of flavonoids. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2001, 49, 2774–2779. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  27. Heim, K.E.; Tagliaferro, A.R.; Bobilya, D.J. Flavonoid antioxidants: Chemistry, metabolism and structure-activity relationships. J. Nutr. Biochem. 2002, 13, 572–584. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  28. Panche, A.N.; Diwan, A.D.; Chandra, S.R. Flavonoids: An overview. J. Nutr. Sci. 2016, 5, 1–15. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  29. Cao, G.; Sofic, E.; Prior, R.L. Antioxidant and prooxidant behavior of flavonoids: structure-activity relationships. Free Radic. Biol. Med. 1997, 22, 749–760. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  30. Korkina, L.G.; Afanasev, I.B. Antioxidant and chelating properties of flavonoids. Adv. Pharmacol. 1997, 38, 151–163. [Google Scholar] [PubMed]
  31. Kumar, S.; Pandey, A.K. Chemistry and biological activities of flavonoids: An overview. Sci. World J. 2013. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  32. Goutzourelas, N.; Stagos, D.; Spanidis, Y.; Liosi, M.; Apostolou, A.; Priftis, A.; Haroutounian, S.; Spandidos, D.A.; Tsatsakis, A.M.; Kouretas, D. Polyphenolic composition of grape stem extracts affects antioxidant activity in endothelial and muscle cells. Mol. Med. Rep. 2015, 12, 5846–5856. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed][Green Version]
  33. Schaefer, K. Buddleja davidii stem cell for oxidative and photodamage protection. Available online: (accessed on 21 September 2018).
  34. US20110123646A1. Available online: (accessed on 21 September 2018).
  35. Barbulova, A.; Tito, A.; Carola, A.; Bimonte, M.; De Laurentis, F.; D’Ambrosio, P.; Apone, F.; Colucci, G.; Monoli, I.; Cucchiara, M. Raspberry stem cell extract to protect skin from inflammation and oxidative stress. Cosmet. Toiletries 2010, 125, 38–47. [Google Scholar]
  36. Bazylak, G.; Gryn, A. Antioxidant activity and total flavonoid content in variable phyto-stem cells extracts obtained by high-pressure homogenization method and assigned for use in biocosmetics. Planta Med. 2015, 81. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  37. Miller, C.O.; Skoog, F.; Von Saltza, M.H.; Strong, F.M. Kinetin, a cell division factor from deoxyribonucleic acid. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1955, 77, 1392. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  38. Miller, C.O.; Skoog, F.; Okumura, F.S.; Von Saltza, M.H.; Strong, F.M. Isolation, structure and synthesis of kinetin, a substance promoting cell division. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1956, 78, 1375–1380. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  39. Barciszewski, J.; Rattan, S.I.S.; Siboska, G.; Clark, B.F.C. Kinetin—45 years on. Plant Sci. 1999, 148, 37–45. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  40. Barciszewski, J.; Massino, F.; Clark, B.F.C. Kinetin—A multiactive molecule. Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2007, 40, 182–192. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  41. Goswami, K.; Sharma, R.; Singh, P.K.; Singh, G. Micropropagation of seedless lemon (Citrus limon L. cv. Kaghzi Kalan) and assessment of genetic fidelity of micropropagated plants using RAPD markers. Physiol. Mol. Biol. Plants 2013, 19, 137–145. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  42. Nohynek, L.; Bailey, M.; Tähtiharju, J.; Seppänen-Laakso, T.; Rischer, H.; Oksman-Caldentey, K.-M.; Puupponen-Pimiä, R. Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus) cell culture with bioactive substances: Establishment and mass propagation for industrial use. Eng. Life Sci. 2014, 14, 667–675. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  43. Verbeke, P.; Siboska, G.E.; Clark, B.F.C.; Rattan, S.I.S. Kinetin inhibits protein oxidation and glycoxidation in vitro. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 2000, 276, 1265–1270. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  44. Olsen, A.; Siboska, E.; Clark, B.F.C.; Rattan, S.I.S. N6-Furfuryladenine, kinetin, protects against fenton reaction-mediated oxidative damage to DNA. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 1999, 265, 499–502. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  45. Jabłońska-Trypyć, A.; Czerpak, R. Cytokinins, their biochemical activity in division process, ageing and apoptosis in human and animal cells. Postęp. Biol. Komorki 2009, 36, 135–154. [Google Scholar]
  46. Lee, J.H.; Chung, K.Y.; Bang, D.; Lee, K.H. Searching for aging-related proteins in human dermal microvascular endothelial cells treated with anti-aging agents. Proteomics 2006, 6, 1351–1361. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  47. Tournas, J.A.; Lin, F.H.; Burch, J.A.; Selim, M.A.; Monteiro-Riviere, N.A.; Zielinski, J.E.; Pinnell, S.R. Ubiquinone, idebenone, and kinetin provide ineffective photoprotection to skin when compared to a topical antioxidant combination of Vitamins C and E with ferulic acid. J. Investig. Dermatol. 2006, 126, 1185–1187. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  48. Kimura, T.; Doi, K. Depigmentation and rejuvenation effects of kinetin on the aged skin of hairless descendants of Mexican hairless dogs. Rejuvenation Res. 2004, 7, 32–39. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  49. Wu, J.J.; Weinstein, G.D.; Kricorian, G.J.; Kormeili, T.; McCullough, J.L. Topical kinetin 0.1% lotion for improving the signs and symptoms of rosacea. Clin. Exp. Dermatol. 2007, 32, 693–695. [Google Scholar] [PubMed]
  50. Jabłońska-Trypuc, A.; Matejczyk, M.; Czerpak, R. N6-benzyladenine and kinetin influence antioxidative stress parameters in human skin fibroblasts. Mol. Cell. Biochem. 2016, 413, 97–107. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed][Green Version]
  51. An, S.; Cha, H.J.; Ko, J.M.; Han, H.; Kim, S.Y.; Kim, K.S.; Lee, S.J.; An, I.S.; Kim, S.; Youn, H.J.; et al. Kinetin improves barrier function of the skin by modulating keratinocyte differentiation markers. Ann. Dermatol. 2017, 29, 6–12. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  52. Gan, S.; Amasino, R.M. Inhibition of leaf senescence by autoregulated production of cytokinin. Science 1995, 270, 1986–1988. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  53. Rattan, S.I.; Clark, B.F. Kinetin delays the onset of ageing characteristics in human fibroblasts. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 1994, 201, 665–672. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
Figure 1. Kinetin Structural Formula [26].
Figure 1. Kinetin Structural Formula [26].
Cosmetics 05 00055 g001

Share and Cite

MDPI and ACS Style

Miastkowska, M.; Sikora, E. Anti-Aging Properties of Plant Stem Cell Extracts. Cosmetics 2018, 5, 55.

AMA Style

Miastkowska M, Sikora E. Anti-Aging Properties of Plant Stem Cell Extracts. Cosmetics. 2018; 5(4):55.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Miastkowska, Małgorzata, and Elżbieta Sikora. 2018. "Anti-Aging Properties of Plant Stem Cell Extracts" Cosmetics 5, no. 4: 55.

Note that from the first issue of 2016, this journal uses article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Metrics

Back to TopTop