Effects of ginsenoside Rb₁ on skin changes

J Biomed Biotechnol. 2012;2012:946242. doi: 10.1155/2012/946242. Epub 2012 Feb 20.

Abstract

Ginseng roots (Panax ginseng CA Meyer) have been used traditionally for the treatment, especially prevention, of various diseases in China, Korea, and Japan. Both experimental and clinical studies suggest ginseng roots to have pharmacological effects in patients with life-style-related diseases such as non-insulin-dependent diabetic mellitus, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension. The topical use of ginseng roots to treat skin complaints including atopic suppurative dermatitis, wounds, and inflammation is also described in ancient Chinese texts; however, there have been relatively few studies in this area. In the present paper, we describe introduce the biological and pharmacological effects of ginsenoside Rb₁ isolated from Red ginseng roots on skin damage caused by burn-wounds using male Balb/c mice (in vivo) and by ultraviolet B irradiation using male C57BL/6J and albino hairless (HR-1) mice (in vivo). Furthermore, to clarify the mechanisms behind these pharmacological actions, human primary keratinocytes and the human keratinocyte cell line HaCaT were used in experiments in vitro.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Burns / drug therapy
  • Cell Line
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chemokine CCL2 / metabolism
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 / metabolism
  • Ginsenosides / pharmacology*
  • Ginsenosides / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-1 / metabolism
  • Keratinocytes / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Hairless
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Panax / chemistry
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin / metabolism
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin / radiation effects
  • Ultraviolet Rays
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / metabolism
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*

Substances

  • Chemokine CCL2
  • Ginsenosides
  • Interleukin-1
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
  • vascular endothelial growth factor A, mouse
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2
  • ginsenoside Rb1