Multiple beneficial effects of resveratrol and their chemical-biochemical basis

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On the basis of in vitro and in vivo investigations trans-resveratrol (RV) is a natural, concentration-dependent formaldehyde (HCHO) mobilizer, scavenger, capture and carrier molecule. The capturing and mobilization of HCHO from a given biological unit (e.g. tissue) with RV (first step) generates a chemopreventive effect. The reaction products between endogenous HCHO and RV (second step) may exert killing/inhibiting effects on pathogens and/or cancer cells. These two steps result in the double effect of RV. From the model reaction mixture of RV and HCHO in diluted formalin solution, different reaction products were detected, separated and identified. Similar reactions can be observed between RV and endogenous HCHO in plant and animal tissues as well. Capturing the HCHO molecules in model experiments with HCHO-capture molecules (in vitro conditions) the antibacterial activity of RV decreased substantially. The in vitro investigations were extended to in vivo conditions. The discovery of a quadruple immune response of plants to pathogens resulting from pretreatment with RV opens new horizons in the confirmation of the diverse beneficial effects of RV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-638
Number of pages8
JournalNatural product communications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Plant Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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