Every plant has stem cells. But unlike in humans, every plant cell has the potential to dedifferentiate to a stem cell and to grow into an entirely new, full plant. PhytoCellTec™ is the name of a new biotechnology that researchers from Mibelle Biochemistry have used successfully to generate and cultivate plant stem cells. With this technology, the growth of callus cells (wound tissue) in selected plant tissue is induced under special conditions. These callus cells are undifferentiated plant cells, in other words, stem cells. The second step involves further cultivating these stem cells in specially developed bioreactors to obtain sufficient plant stem cells.
PhytoCellTec™ nunatak® is the first active ingredient that is based on saponaria pumila, a rare flower that survived the last ice age in the Alps. Saponaria pumila plant is constantly exposed to low temperatures and high amounts of UV radiation, has developed protecting and repair mechanisms that enabled it to adapt to its challenging environment. The stem cell of saponaria pumila is rich in epigenetic factors and metabolites that can help to maintain the regenerative potential of human skin stem cells.
PhytoCellTec™ nunatak® was shown in vitro to efficiently protect dermal stem cells against UV-induced stress and maintain their stemness. Clinical studies confirmed the positive effect of PhytoCellTec™ nunatak® on the dermis as skin density, firmness and elasticity were greatly improved after just one month. Furthermore, our results revealed that it helped the skin to cope better with aggressions when used in pre-treatment (protective effect).
The benefits of PhytoCellTec™ nunatak® :
• Protects and vitalizes dermal stem cells
• Re-densifies the skin
• Fortifies skin’s self-defense activities
• Enhances the smooth appearance of the skin, even when it is exposed to the sun