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Abstract Title:

Astaxanthin as a Novel Mitochondrial Regulator: A New Aspect of Carotenoids, beyond Antioxidants.

Abstract Source:

Nutrients. 2021 Dec 27 ;14(1). Epub 2021 Dec 27. PMID: 35010981

Abstract Author(s):

Yasuhiro Nishida, Allah Nawaz, Karen Hecht, Kazuyuki Tobe

Article Affiliation:

Yasuhiro Nishida

Abstract:

Astaxanthin is a member of the carotenoid family that is found abundantly in marine organisms, and has been gaining attention in recent years due to its varied biological/physiological activities. It has been reported that astaxanthin functions both as a pigment, and as an antioxidant with superior free radical quenching capacity. We recently reported that astaxanthin modulated mitochondrial functions by a novel mechanism independent of its antioxidant function. In this paper, we review astaxanthin's well-known antioxidant activity, and expand on astaxanthin's lesser-known molecular targets, and its role in mitochondrial energy metabolism.

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