Influence of Amalaki Rasayana on telomerase activity and telomere length in human blood mononuclear cells

Guruprasad, KP and Dash, Sweta and Marigowda, Shivakumar Bhadravathi and Shetty, Pavithra R and Kothanahalli, Raghu S and Bhanuvalli, Shamprasad R and Udupi, Vishwanatha and Acharya, Raviraj V and Satyamoorthy, K (2017) Influence of Amalaki Rasayana on telomerase activity and telomere length in human blood mononuclear cells. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 8 (2). pp. 105-112. ISSN 0975-9476

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Abstract

Background: Indian traditional medicine practices use defined rasayana preparations to improve the quality of life in aged individuals. Amalaki Rasayana is one such rasayana prepared from the fruits of Phyllanthus emblica and is popularly used to prevent or treat various age related health conditions. Telomerase activity in the cells maintains telomere length and is implicated in ageing and various diseases wherein the shortening of telomere during ageing is controlled chiefly by the telomerase activity. Objective: In the present study, we investigated telomerase activity and telomere length in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of aged individuals administered with Amalaki Rasayana. Materials and methods: Amalaki Rasayana was administered to healthy, aged (45e60 years) volunteers for 45 days after koshta shuddhi procedure. The telomerase activity and telomere length were analyzed on 0, 45th and 90th days of Amalaki Rasayana administration in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from these individuals and compared with age-matched placebo group and young volunteers (22e30 years). The data were compared between the groups. Results: The results indicated an increase in telomerase activity with no discernible change in telomere length in the Amalaki administered participants. The comparison between young and aged participants revealed higher telomerase activity in young participants with no significant differences in telomere length. Conclusion: The data indicate that the maintenance of telomere length is facilitated by an increase in telomerase activity upon rasayana administration in aged individuals and Amalaki Rasayana may prevent the erosion of telomeres over a period of time in aged individuals to promote healthy ageing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amalaki Rasayana ; Telomerase activity ; Telomere length ; Ageing.
Subjects: Life Sciences > MLSC Manipal
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2017 06:33
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2017 06:33
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/150350

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