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The Exploration of Anti-aging Nutraceuticals

The Exploration of Anti-aging Nutraceuticals

PI : Tsong-Long Hwang

Research Expertise: Signal Transduction, Natural Pharmaceutics, New Drug Development



Tsong-Long Hwang, Jia-You Fang, Sien-Hung Yang, Tai-Long Pan, Chin-Chuan Chen, Yann-Lii Leu

Yung-Fong Tsai, Huang-Ping Yu, Chun-Yu Chen, Ting-I Kao


Conceptual Framework



Study Purpose

Chinese herbal medicine provides valuable information in the development of modern medicine. The Chinese Herbal Medicine Research Team aims to develop translational research in Chinese herbal medicine and the development of new drugs based on Chinese herbal medicine. We have started and will continue to research and develop the extracts and pure compounds from Chinese herbal medicine for health promotion or diseases prevention purposes in the elders. The enzyme, cellular, and animals studies and clinical trials with the pure compounds and extracts are performed to establish the pharmacological and toxicological profiles. The biomarkers and risk factors developed from MMRC and HARC will be examined and studied to evaluate the efficacy and specificity of Chinese herbal medicine.

Development Strategy

1.  Establish high-throughput cell-based screening platforms and animal disease models to study the pharmacodynamics, pharmacology, and pharmacokinetics of potential herbal medicines.

2.  Study the potential herbal medicines for developing better therapeutic strategies for aging and/or aging related diseases.

3.  Development of potential herbal medicines for therapeutic approach and translational research.

4.  The structures of potential compounds from herbal medicines are used as leads in the development of new drugs.



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4.      Chen CY, Liaw CC, Chen YH, Chang WY, Chung PJ, Hwang TL*. A novel immunomodulatory effect of ugonin U in human neutrophils via stimulation of phospholipase C. Free Radic Biol Med. 2014 Jul;72:222-31

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6.      Hwang TL, Aljuffali IA, Lin CF, Chang YT, Fang JY. Cationic additives in nanosystems activate cytotoxicity and inflammatory response of human neutrophils: lipid nanoparticles versus polymeric nanoparticles. Int J Nanomedicine. 2015 Jan 7;10:371-85

7.      Tsai YF, Yu HP, Chang WY, Liu FC, Huang ZC, Hwang TL*. Sirtinol inhibits neutrophil elastase activity and attenuates lipopolysaccharide-mediated acute lung injury in mice. Sci Rep. 2015 Feb 10;5:8347.

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12.  Huang CY, Sung PJ, Uvarani C, Su JH, Lu MC, Hwang TL, Dai CF, Wu SL, Sheu JH. Glaucumolides A and B, Biscembranoids with New Structural Type from a Cultured Soft Coral Sarcophyton glaucum. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 4;5:15624.

13.  Tsai YF, Yu HP, Chung PJ, Leu YL, Kuo LM, Chen CY, Hwang TL*. Osthol attenuates neutrophilic oxidative stress and hemorrhagic shock-induced lung injury via inhibition of phosphodiesterase 4. Free Radic Biol Med. 2015 Dec;89:387-400.

14.  Chen CY, Leu YL, Fang Y, Lin CF, Kuo LM, Sung WC, Tsai YF, Chung PJ, Lee MC, Kuo YT, Yang HW, Hwang TL*. Anti-inflammatory effects of Perilla frutescens in activated human neutrophils through two independent pathways: Src family kinases and Calcium. Sci Rep. 2015 Dec:14;5:18204.

15.  Yang SCAljuffali IASung CTLin CFFang JY. Antimicrobial activity of topically-applied soyaethyl morpholinium ethosulfate micelles against Staphylococcus species .Nanomedicine (Lond). 2016 Mar;11(6):657-71.

16.  Chen PJ, Wang YL, Kuo LM, Lin CF, Chen CY, Tsai YF, Shen JJ, Hwang TL*. Honokiol suppresses TNF-α-induced neutrophil adhesion on cerebral endothelial cells by disrupting polyubiquitination and degradation of IκBα. Sci Rep. 2016 May 23;6:26554.

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21.  Chen YL, Hwang TL, Yu HP, Fang JY, Chong KY, Chang YW, Chen CY, Yang HW, Chang WY, Hsieh PW. Ilex kaushue and Its Bioactive Component 3,5-Dicaffeoylquinic Acid Protected Mice from Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Acute Lung Injury. Sci Rep. 2016 Sep 29;6:34243. doi: 10.1038/srep34243.

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24.  Chen CY, Yang CH, Tsai YF, Liaw CC, Chang WY, Hwang TL*. Ugonin U stimulates NLRP3 inflammasome activation and enhances inflammasome-mediated pathogen clearance. Redox Biol. 2016 Dec 18;11:263-74.

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26.  Yang SC, Chang SH, Hsieh PW, Huang YT, Ho CM, Tsai YF, Hwang TL*. Dipeptide HCH6-1 inhibits neutrophil activation and protects against acute lung injury by blocking FPR1. Free Radic Biol Med. 2017 Feb 21;106:254-69.

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28.  Tsai YF, Chu TC, Chang WY, Wu YC, Chang FR, Yang SC, Wu TY, Hsu YM, Chen CY, Chang SH, Hwang TL*. 6-Hydroxy-5,7-dimethoxy-flavone suppresses the neutrophil respiratory burst via selective PDE4 inhibition to ameliorate acute lung injury. Free Radic Biol Med. 2017 Mar 3;106:379-92.




1.  Pei-Wen Hsieh, Tsong-Long Hwang, Wen-Hui Wang, Ting-Yi Wang.

Oxime-based compound, pharmaceutical composition containing the same and method for preparing the same cross-reference to related application.

United States Patent Number:US9,073,833 B1. (Issued:2015/07/07)

2.  Pei-Wen Hsieh, Tsong-Long Hwang, Wen-Hui Wang, Ting-Yi Wang.


Taiwan Patent Number: I 508938(Issued:2015/11/21)

3.  Pei-Wen Hsieh, Tsong-Long Hwang, Wen-Hui Wang, Ting-Yi Wang.


Japan Patent Number: 5890512(Issued:2016/02/26)

4.  Tsong-Long Hwang, Pei-Wen Hsieh, Yin-Ting Huang,Chih-Hao Hung.


Taiwan Patent Number: I 537251(Issued:2016/06/11) 

5.  Chin-Chuan, Chen,Yann-Lii Leu, Tsong-Long Hwang, Jia-You Fang, Tai-Long Pan.


Taiwan Patent Number: I 556818(Issued:2016/11/11) 

6.  Tsong-Long Hwang, Pei-Wen Hsieh, Yin-Ting Huang,Chih-Hao Hung.


United States Patent Number:US 9,593,144 B2. (Issued:2017/03/14)


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