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Studies from I. Ito and Co-Researchers Update Current Data on Carbohydrate Research

March 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Life Science Research. According to news reporting originating in Tottori, Japan, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Chitins are highly crystalline structures that are predominantly found in crustacean shells. Alpha-chitin is composed of microfibers, which are made up of nanofibrils that are 2-5 nm in diameter and 30 nm in length and embedded in a protein matrix."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research, "Crystalline nanofibrils can also be prepared by acid treatment. We verified the effect of chitin nanofibrils (NF) and nanocrystals (NC) on skin using a three-dimensional skin culture model and Franz cells. The application of NF and NC to skin improved the epithelial granular layer and increased granular density. Furthermore, NF and NC application to the skin resulted in a lower production of TGF-beta compared to that of the control group. NF and NC might have protective effects to skin."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Therefore, their potential use as components of skin-protective formulations merits consideration."

For more information on this research see: Evaluation of the effects of chitin nanofibrils on skin function using skin models. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2014;101():464-470. Carbohydrate Polymers can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier -; Carbohydrate Polymers -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting I. Ito, Koyo Chem Co Ltd, Tottori 6840046, Japan. Additional authors for this research include T. Osaki, S. Ifuku, H. Saimoto, Y. Takamori, S. Kurozumi, T. Imagawa, K. Azuma, T. Tsuka, Y. Okamoto and S. Minami (see also Life Science Research).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Japan, Tottori, Life Science Research

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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