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Sulforaphane - role in aging and neurodegeneration

  • Roberto Santín-Márquez
  • Adriana Alarcón-Aguilar
  • Norma Edith López-Diazguerrero
  • Niki Chondrogianni
  • Mina KönigsbergEmail author
Original Article


In the last several years, numerous molecules derived from plants and vegetables have been tested for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. One of them is sulforaphane (SFN), an isothiocyanate present in cruciferous vegetables. SFN activates the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory responses by inducing Nrf2 pathway and inhibiting NF-κB. It also has an epigenetic effect by inhibiting HDAC and DNA methyltransferases and modifies mitochondrial dynamics. Moreover, SFN preserves proteome homeostasis (proteostasis) by activating the proteasome, which has been shown to lead to increased cellular lifespan and prevent neurodegeneration. In this review, we describe some of the molecular and physical characteristics of SFN, its mechanisms of action, and the effects that SFN treatment induces in order to discuss its relevance as a “miraculous” drug to prevent aging and neurodegeneration.


Proteasome Oxidative stress Nrf2 NF-κB HDAC 


Funding information

This work was supported by CONACyT grant FON.INST/298/2016, as well as the “Red Temática de Investigación en Salud y Desarrollo Social” from CONACYT, Mexico. Santín-Márquez is a CONACyT scholarship holder. Research from NC lab is currently co-financed by the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, (a) under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code: T1EDK-00353 and T1EDK-01610) and (b) under the Action “Action for the Strategic Development on the Research and Technological Sector” (project STHENOS-b, MIS 5002398).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Santín-Márquez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Adriana Alarcón-Aguilar
    • 1
  • Norma Edith López-Diazguerrero
    • 1
  • Niki Chondrogianni
    • 3
  • Mina Königsberg
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencias de la Salud, División de Ciencias Biológicas y de la SaludUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana-IztapalapaMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Posgrado en Biología ExperimentalUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana-IztapalapaMexico CityMexico
  3. 3.National Hellenic Research FoundationInstitute of Biology, Medicinal Chemistry and BiotechnologyAthensGreece

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