In vitro studies to assess the potential of Quercetin as a topical sunscreen; photooxidative properties, photostability and inhibition of UV radiation-mediated skin damage
Fahlman, Brian Micheal
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Protection from the negative effects of solar radiation can be achieved by wearing protective clothing, avoiding exposure to sunlight or by the application of topical sunscreens. In this thesis, a number of studies were designed to determine if quercetin is suitable for use as a topical sunscreen. The first objective was to determine if quercetin could protect against UV-induced lipid oxidation. Quercetin is twice as effective at preventing UVB-induced oxidation as preventing UVA-induced oxidation.The difference between UVA- and UVB- induced oxidation is believed to be due to the presence of an excited state form of quercetin in the UVA system. The second objective was to determine the UV photostability of quercetin in solution. Three photoproducts of quercetin form regardless of whether UVA or UVB radiation is used. These photoproducts are 2,4,6-trihydroxybenzaldehyde, quercetin depside and hydroxytyrosol. . The slow rate of formation, less than 20% loss of starting material over 11 hours, and non-toxic nature of the photoproducts indicate that photostability of quercetin is not an obstacle to its use as a sunscreen. The third objective was to determine the ability of quercetin to inhibit photosensitization by ketoprofen. Quercetin was shown to be effective in preventing decomposition of ketoprofen until it was consumed in the formation of the three quercetin photoproducts. This abilty of quercetin to prevent ketoprofen photosensitization indicates a beneficial effect for the use of quercetin as a topical sunscreen. The fourth objective was to determine if quercetin can prevent UV-induced damage in a biological system. Quercetin was found to significantly reduce secretion of matrix metalloprotease 1 (MMP-1) upon UVA or UVB exposure, but had no effect on secretion of tumor necrosis factor á (TNF-á) in HaCaT cells. , Topical application of quercetin to UVA or UVB exposed EpiDerm skin mimics significantly reduced both MMP-1 and TNF-á secretion. These results indicate that quercetin is effective in decreasing or eliminating several harmful effects of UVA and UVB radiation in the skin without major loss of starting material and without formation of toxic photoproducts. As such, quercetin appears to be a good candidate for inclusion into topical sunscreen formulations.
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
DepartmentCollege of Pharmacy and Nutrition
ProgramCollege of Pharmacy and Nutrition
SupervisorKrol, Ed S.
CommitteeLoppnow, Glen R.; El-Aneed, Anas; Wilson, Ken; Alcorn, Jane; Bandy, Brian
Copyright DateJanuary 2011