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Physiology of the Skin: The Impact of Glycation on the Skin, Part 1

By Peter T. Pugliese, MD
Posted: March 3, 2008, from the March 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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a Molecules are chemicals that contain two or more atoms.
b Proteases are enzymes that break down proteins into smaller peptides.
d Named after the French chemist Louis Camille Maillard who studied it around 1910.
c A Schiff base, named after Hugo Schiff,  contains a carbon-nitrogen double-bond with the nitrogen atom connected to an aryl or alkyl group. An alkyl is a univalent, or free radical that contains only carbon and hydrogen atoms arranged in a chain.

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part article about the impact of glycation on the skin. Click here to read Part II, which appeared in the April 2008 issue.

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