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A Bioscreening Technique for Ultraviolet Irradiation Protective Natural Substances

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1273-1280
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Volume94
Issue number6
Early online date2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Ultraviolet radiation (UV-R) causes genotoxic and aging effects on skin, and sunscreens are used to alleviate the damage. However, sunscreens contain synthetic shielding agents that can cause harmful effects in the environment. Nature-derived substances may have potential as replacement materials for the harmful sunscreen chemicals. However, screening of a broad range of samples is tedious, and often requires a separate genotoxicity assessment. We describe a simple microplate technique for the screening of UV protective substances using a recombinant Escherichia coli biosensor. Both absorbance-based and bioactivity-based shields can be detected with simultaneous information about the sample genotoxicity. With this technique, a controversial sunscreen compound, oxybenzone offers physical or absorbance-based shield but appears genotoxic at higher concentrations (3.3 mg/mL). We also demonstrate that pine needle extract (PiNe) shields the biosensor from UV-R in a dose-dependent manner without showing genotoxicity. The physical shield of 5 mg/mL PiNe was similar to that of one of the most common UV-shielding compound TiO2 concentration 0.80 mg/mL. The bioactivity-based shield of PiNe also reaches the extent of the physical shield with the highest concentration (3.3 mg/mL). We conclude that our technique is suitable in detecting the UV-shielding potential of natural substances, and gives simultaneous information on genotoxicity.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland