A drug to help stop wrinkles and aging? UBC scientists raising hopes (Providence Health Care)
A team of scientists at the University of British Columbia and Providence Health Care is raising hopes for a drug that will prevent aging and wrinkles.
They have genetically engineered mice with less wrinkled skin despite repeated exposure to wrinkle-inducing UV light. This discovery occurred when UBC professor David Granville was investigating the role of Granzyme B in atherosclerosis and heart attacks. He and his team found that the mice being given this drug retained youthful-looking skin compared to normal aged skin.
They published the findings last week in Aging Cell, stating the drug would block the activity of Granzyme B in certain places, and therefore prevent the aging and deterioration of tissues that depend on collagen, including skin blood vessels and lung passages.
Amy Judd reports
Providence Health Care President and CEO Dianne Doyle