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Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1389-5575
ISSN (Online): 1875-5607

Beneficial or Detrimental Effects of Carotenoids Contained in Food: Cell Culture Models

Author(s): G. Ranaldi, D. Bellovino, P. Palozza and S. Gaetani

Volume 7, Issue 11, 2007

Page: [1120 - 1128] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/138955707782331704

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Epidemiological studies have suggested a correlation between consumption of carotenoid-rich food and incidence of chronic diseases. In this review chemical structure, bioavailability and mechanisms of action of carotenoids most represented in human diet, mainly ß-carotene and lycopene, are reported, with focus on results obtained with cells in culture.

Keywords: Carotenoids, in vitro cell models, antioxidant, connexins, cancer

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