Malytea Scurfpea fruit appears to be beneficial in the treatment of Vitiligo lesions. - GreenMedInfo Summary
[Effects of MSF on melanocyte adhesion and migration in vitro].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2004 Apr;29(4):346-9. PMID: 15706874
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the Malytea Scurfpea fruit (MSF) on melanocyte adhesion and migration. METHOD: Human epidermal melanocytes were treated with MSF and Ginger respectively, then adhesion to bovine serum fibronectin-coated culture dishes was checked. Control and treated cells were also examined for migration into micropore filters coated with the same protein. RESULT: Compared with control, MSF treated melanocytes were obviously easier to adhere to the dishes and move into the filters in a dose-dependent manner. When the dose of MSF was 200 mg x L(-1), it could not reincrease melanocyte adhesion and migration. At 10 mg x L(-1), under every other concentrations of MSF, there was no marked difference among MSF-treated, Ginger-treated and untreated melanocytes (P < 0.05) when adhesion test were studied. But to migration, even at 10 mg x L(-1) MSF, there was obvious increased migration compared with MSF-untreated or Ginger-treated melanocytes (P < 0.01). CONCLUSION: MSF has effect on melanocyte adhesion and migration, which can explain, in part, the capacity of MSF to modulate melanocyte function in vitiligo lesions.