A novel class of herbal compounds saiginols with strong UV-B absorbing properties
Researchers from the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology have characterized and isolated a novel class of phenylacylated flavonols, called saiginols that considerably contribute to UV-B protection in plants due to increased UV-B absorption properties. Gene manipulation causing saiginol overproduction protects plants significantly from damage induced by strong UV-B radiation (1).
Such novel, non-toxic compounds and the correlated protein capable of conferring UV-B tolerance offer the possibility to the generation of UV-B tolerant plants for increasing yield. Moreover, the identified new class of herbal compounds is suitable for the application in sunscreen and anti-aging cosmetics or could be integrated into biomaterials for the purpose of protecting an object or subject from UV-B radiation. We are currently looking for collaboration and licensing partners to further develop this technology.
- Simple production of a novel herbal compound with strong UV-B absorbing properties
- Use of formulations and compositions comprising such compounds for the protection of biological or non-biological material
European priority application has been filed in June 2015. Pending patent is currently under examination in Europe, US and Australia.
(1) Tohge, T. et al., Nat. Commun. 7:12399 doi: 10.1038/ncomms12399 (2016)
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