Could Skin Aging Be Stopped With A Single Protein?

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Stanford scientists recently made a discovery that could prove groundbreaking for the future of skin rejuvenation. With the help of some mice, the dermatology research team realized that a single protein regulates many genes that have a critical role in aging.

The researchers blocked the protein, called NF-kappa-B, in a two-year-old mouse. After two weeks, the mouse’s skin bore a remarkable resemblance to that of a newborn mouse. The skin looked younger and thicker, and its cells appeared to be dividing at a higher rate.

While its short-term effects are full of exciting potential, NF-kappa-B’s role in cancer and other diseases could prevent it from becoming a long-term, fountain-of-youth solution. Blocking the protein in limited treatments may be a promising option for helping older people recovery from surgery, but if it is used as an extended anti-aging skin therapy, the researchers suspect results may come at an unhealthy price. Only more research will reveal the safest applications for this protein manipulation.

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