Effects of Egg Shell Membrane Hydrolysates on Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Microbial Activity and Moisture-Protection
Effects of Egg Shell Membrane Hydrolysates on Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Microbial Activity and Moisture-Protection
Food Science of Animal Resources. 2014. Feb, 34(1): 26-32
Copyright © 2014, Korean Society for Food Science of Animal Resources
  • Received : June 21, 2013
  • Accepted : January 08, 2014
  • Published : February 28, 2014
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Jinhee, Yoo
Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea
Kimoon, Park
Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea
Youngji, Yoo
Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea
Jongkeun, Kim
Sungkyun Biotech Co., LTD R&D Center, Ansan 425-839, Korea
Heejin, Yang
Sungkyun Biotech Co., LTD R&D Center, Ansan 425-839, Korea
Youngjae, Shin
Department of Environmental Horticulture, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714, Korea

This study was conducted to examine the effects of eggshell membrane hydrolysates (ESMH) on the anti-inflammatory, anti-wrinkle, anti-microbial activity, and moisture-protection for cosmetic use. Whole ESMH (before fractionation), and fraction I (>10 kDa), fraction II (3-10 kDa), and fraction III (<3 kDa) of the hydrolysates were assessed in this experiment. As lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and IFN-γ caused the inflammation on Raw264.7 cell, whole ESMH and fraction I showed to be effective in inhibiting the induction of cell inflammation depending on the concentration, and also showed outstanding effect to suppress the skin inflammation. Fraction I inhibited collagenase and elastase activities to a greater extent than the other fractions, while all fractions had antibiotic effects at concentrations of 10 mg/disc and 20 mg/disc. In addition, it showed the moisture protection effects of skin on the holding amount and losing amount of moisture in upper-inner arm of the human body with a relatively low loss rate in skin, which confirmed that the hydrolyzed fractions of ESM helps to form the superior protective layer of moisture. It was concluded that ESMH fractions with different molecular weights, especially the 10 kDa fraction, have anti-lipopolysaccharide, anti-IFN-γ-induced inflammation, anti- collagenase and elastase activities, and thus can be used as a cosmetic agent to protect skin.
Skin, the outer barrier of our body, interacts openly with an oxidative environment and is a major target of aging ( Pillai ., 2005 ). Factors that affect skin aging include genetic factors and external factors such as UV light, stress, and pollution ( Kang, 1997 ). These factors cause cumulative alterations in skin structure and functions. In particular, solar UV irradiation makes a large contribution to skin aging ( Rittié and Fisher, 2002 ), due to oxidative stress. Hydroxyl radicals and superoxide anions, which are referred to as reactive oxygen species, mediate oxidative stress. Treatments with ascorbic acid, tocopherols, and polyphenols, which are antioxidant agents, can increase the resistance of skin to oxidative stress and delay skin aging ( Masaki, 2010 ). Symptoms of aging are due not only to oxidative stress, but also to damages caused to the skin by inflammatory reactions. Burns appear under extreme ultraviolet irradiation, and contact dermatitis is caused by irritant materials or allergens. Inflammatory cytokines are secreted to regenerate damaged skin. In particular, inflammatory cytokines are produced due to the action of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), which catalyzes the production of NO, and acute and chronic inflammatory reactions are caused by iNOS, which is considered an inflammatory factor ( Nathan, 1997 ). IFN-γ, TGF-β, TNF-α, and IL-1, - 2, -6 are inflammatory cytokines and excessive secretion of these cytokines can cause skin damages and even cancer ( Willoughby, 1975 ). The stratum corneum has a barrier function, and lipids in the stratum corneum are involved in moisture maintenance, regulation of epithelial cell proliferation, cell aggregation, and desquamation ( Blanken ., 1989 ). However, the lipids in stratum corneum exposed to excessive ultraviolet light or inflammation become oxidized and causes skin aging with decreased elasticity due to dysfunction of oil and moisture maintenance. Therefore, maintaining moisture levels and the elasticity of skin is very important to keep skin healthy ( Haratake ., 1998 ; Jiang ., 2007 ; Park, 2008 ).
Recently, functional cosmetics have been developed to prevent oxidative stress in the skin. In Korea, functional cosmetic products include whitening, anti-wrinkle, and UV-light protection products ( Kang, 1997 ). Retinol, adenosine, and (−) epigallocathechin-3-gallate (EGCG) are ingredients in anti-wrinkle functional cosmetics. These materials increase collagen production or inhibit collagenase activity ( Chan., 2006 ; Griffiths ., 1993 ; Sorg ., 2006 ). An increase in elastase activity can result in wrinkle formation due to the decrease in the number of elastic fibers in the skin ( Tsukahara ., 2006 ). A major cause of reduction in skin elasticity and formation of wrinkles is increased elastase activity due to ultraviolet irradiation ( Tsukahara ., 2006 ). Increased collagen production can improve the appearance of wrinkles, but both elastin and elastic fibers can also improve wrinkle appearance ( Antonicelli., 2007 ).
Cosmetics can be contaminated easily by microorganisms because they contain a variety of nutrients that can support microbial growth. Use of contaminated cosmetics can damage skin and even cause allergic reactions. Companies have focused on stabilizing raw materials and improving absorption of ingredients into the skin rather than developing new functional materials. However, there are consumer demands for cosmetic products that contain natural ingredients, which has resulted in the development of organic cosmetic products that have whitening or skin recovery properties ( Park ., 1993 ).
Eggshell membrane (ESM) is an organic substance that has been shown to increase cellular activity and collagen production. Furthermore, ESM prevents skin aging and reduces damages caused by UV-light and inflammation ( Candilish ., 1969 ). ESM is made of insoluble protein keratin, which is also present in feathers, hair, horns, scales, and nails. Keratin is very resistant to physical, chemical, and biological reactions ( Vignardet ., 1999 ). ESM has been suggested for use in formulations for moisturizer, wound recovery, skin growth, and anti-wrinkle agents ( Kang, 1997 ; Park ., 2012 ). Collagen improved the water content of stratum corneum and normalized transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in UVB-irradiated mice ( Grubauer ., 1989 ) and increased the water content of stratum corneum ( Roskos and Guy, 1989 ) and skin viscoelasticity ( Ohara ., 2009 ) in humans. We showed in a previous study that whole eggshell membrane hydrolysates (ESMH) had a skin whitening effect because of their tyrosinase inhibiting and L-DOPA oxidizing activities. Furthermore, we confirmed the wound healing effects of ESMH using HaCaT cells ( Park ., 2012 ).
In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory, antiwrinkle, anti-microbial activity, and moisture-protection properties of whole eggshell membranes (ESMH) and various ESMH fractions: I (>10 kDa), fraction II (3-10 kDa), and fraction III (<3 kDa).
Materials and Methods
- Eggshell membrane hydrolysates
The egg shell membrane used in this study was provided by Sungkyun Biotech Co., Ltd. The 100 g of dried egg shell membranes were added to 1100 mL of distilled water, 2 N NaOH and 40% EtOH before being kept at 70°C for 2 h for the reactions. After the reactions, 99% acetic acid was added for neutralization (pH 7.0) and 40 g of the activated carbon was added for decolorization for 20 min. The extract was filtered through a Whatman No.1 filter paper and desalinated using Micro acilyzer G3 (Asashi Kasei Corp., Japan). It was then evaporated and freeze-dried (FD 3, Heto, Gydevang, Denmark). Then, the ESMHs were divided into three fragments: fraction I (&>10 kDa), fraction II (3-10 kDa), and fraction III (<3 kDa) as described previously ( Park ., 2012 ).
- Anti-inflammatory activity
- Cell culture and MTT assay
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was obtained from Sigma Chemical Co., USA and IFN-γ from LG Life Sciences, Korea. All laboratory supplies, including the cell culture dishes, were from Falcon. RAW 264.7 cells (mouse macrophage cell line) were obtained from the Korean Cell Line Bank (KCLB). RAW 264.7 cells were grown in Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s Medium (DMEM, WelGENE Inc., USA) supplemented with 10% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum (FBS) and 1% penicillin-streptomycin (Bio- Whittaker Inc., USA). When cells reached 90% confluence, they were centrifuged at 2,000 rpm for 3 min and then diluted at a 1:5 ratio.
Cell viability was assessed using the MTT assay process of Carmichael (1988) . RAW 264.7 cells were placed in a 24-well plate at a concentration of 1×10 6 /mL and the plate was incubated in a 5% CO 2 incubator at 37°C for 24 h to allow the cells to attach to the bottom of each well. At the end of incubation, the medium was removed, 100 mL of 0.5 mg/mL 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl- 2H-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) solution was added to each well, and the plate was placed in a 5% CO 2 incubator at 37°C, without light, and incubated for 4 h. DMSO was then added, and the plate was left at room temperature for 5 min before light absorption was measured at 540 nm using an ELISA microplate reader. Cell survival was then calculated as a percentage.
- Nitric oxide (NO) inhibition assay
RAW 264.7 cells (500 μL) were plated into each of the 24 wells in a 24-well cell culture plate at a concentration of 1×10 6 /mL followed by incubation in a 5% CO 2 incubator for 4 h at 37°C. Medium used during the incubation was discarded and new medium containing diluted eggshell membrane, LPS, and IFN-γ was added, and then incubated for 24 h at 37°C. The amount of NO produced was assessed by adding Griess reagent [1% (w/v) sulfanilamide, 0.1% (w/v) N-(1-naphthyl)ethylenediamine in 2.5% (v/v) phosphoric acid] for 10 min in a 96-well plate. The absorbance at 540 nm was measured using an ELISA plate reader. A calibration curve was made using serial dilutions (1-100 μM) of sodium nitrite (NaNO 2 ).
- Anti-wrinkle activity
- Collagenase inhibition assay
We measured the amount of peptides fragmented by collagenase using the ninhydrin reaction. Collagen Type I (Sigma Chemical Co., USA) was added to TES (N-[Tris (hydroxyl methyl) methyl]-2- aminoethanesulfonic acid sodium salt, Sigma Chemical Co., USA), buffer, diluted samples, collagenase, and Clotridium histolyticum collagenase Type IV (Sigma Chemical Co., USA) solution, and the sample was placed in a shaking incubator for 5 h at 37°C and centrifuged for 5 min at 2000 rpm. The supernatant was collected and mixed with ninhydrin (2,2-Dihydroxy- 1,3-indanedione, Sigma Chemical Co., USA) reaction buffer, which was heated with a circulator (Vision scientific co., Ltd., Korea) for 10 min at 80°C and then frozen. Solutions were then mixed with isopropanol at a 1:1 ratio and centrifuged for 10 min at 12,000 rpm at 4°C. The resulting supernatant was placed in the wells of a 96- well plate, and light absorption at 600 nm was measured using an ELISA plate reader. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG, Sigma Chemical Co., USA) was used as a control.
- Elastase inhibition assay
The elastase inhibition activity was determined using the method of James ., (1996) . A Trizma base (Sigma Chemical Co., USA) buffer and eggshell membrane fractions were placed in a 96-well plate, and then N-succinyl-Ala-Ala-Ala-p-nitroanilide (Sigma Chemical co., USA) (8.8 mM) was added to each well. Elastase (Sigma Chemical Co., USA) solution was added to each well prior to incubation for 15 min at 25Ala-Ala-Ala-p-nitroanilide (Sigma Chemical co., USA) (8.8 mM) was added to each well. Elastase (Sigma Chemical Co., USA) solution was added to each well prior to incubation for 15 min at 25°C, and then the light absorption at 410 nm was read using a ELISA reader. EGCG was used as a control. Elastase inhibition was calculated using the following equation:, and then the light absorption at 410 nm was read using a ELISA reader. EGCG was used as a control. Elastase inhibition was calculated using the following equation:
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- Anti-wrinkle activity
- Strains and mediums
All bacterial strains used in this study were supplied by the Biological Resources Center. The media used for this study, tryptic soy broth (TSB) and de Man, Rogosa, Sharpe (MRS) medium, were purchased from Difco Laboratories (Sperks, USA).
- Paper disc assay
To assess the antimicrobial effects of eggshell membranes against skin pathogens, we used the disc diffusion method. Pathogens were cultivated in liquid medium for 18 to 24 h, and then the solution was added to new liquid medium for 4 h before being poured as liquid agar, which set at room temperature. Sterilized filter paper discs (8 mm, Advantec, Japan) were placed in medium, and then 20 μL of eggshell sample was allowed to soak into each disk for 18 to 24 h. The clear zone around the discs was then measured. Ampicillin (Sigma Chemical Co., USA) was used as a positive control, and each test was performed three times independently.
- Moisture-protection
- Measurement of skin moisture and effectiveness of moisture loss reduction
National DR-1 was used to measure skin capacitance and MPA5-CK to study transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in healthy male and female subjects without any skin conditions such as allergies or any medical history of relevant diseases. Thirty minutes before the test, test subjects were placed in an indoor environment at a temperature between 20 and 22°C and a humidity level between 40 and 60%. Skin of the subjects’ lower arms was measured using the tape stripping method ( Prall, 1966 ). Skin moisture content level (% wet basis) was measured at 0, 1, 3, and 6 h after breakage and TEWL was measured in g/h/m 2 .
- Statistical analysis
Data were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Tukey’s and Duncan’s tests. Analyses were implemented in IBM SPSS Statistics 19.0 (IBM Corporation, Somers, USA) and results were considered significant when p <0.05, unless otherwise stated.
Results and Discussion
- Anti-inflammatory activity
- Nitric oxide (NO) inhibition assay
Nitric oxide normally plays an important role in killing bacteria and tumor cells, but an excess level of NO can lead to the destruction of host cells, disruption of hormonal balance, and tissue damage as a result of an inflammatory response ( Chiou ., 2001 ). Inducible NOS (iNOS) is released upon exposure to stimulants such as LPS, INF-γ, and tumor TNF-α. NO produced by the catalytic action of iNOS is very unstable and converts to nitrite and nitrate easily. When these molecules come in contact with oxygen, peroxynitrite is formed, which can damage cells and induce them to produce insulin ( Bredt, 1994 ). Such an inflammatory response is due to the skin trying to protect itself from bacterial infection while recovering. Fig. 1 shows the level of NO suppression when RAW 264.7 cells, activated by LPS and INF-γ, were treated with whole ESMH and fractions I, II, and III at concentrations of 0.01 mg/ mL, 0.1 mg/mL, and 1 mg/mL. While control cells produced 10 μM NO when treated with LPS and INF-γ, cells treated with 1 mg/mL whole ESMH and fraction I produced 6.7 μM and 6.2 μM NO, respectively. Smaller molecular mass components of ESMH (fraction III) did not reduce production of NO. In summary, because the 10 kDa ESMH fraction significantly suppressed an inflammatory response in the skin, it may have anti-inflammatory potential in cosmetic products.
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Effect of the egg shell membrane hydrolysates fractionated by molecular weight on Nitric oxide (NO) production. RAW264.7 cells were treated with LPS (100 ng/ml + in IFN-γ (10 unit/ml) the presence of various concentrations of fraction. NO levels were measured in the cell culture media by ELISA. The data presented the mean values± standard deviation of three independent experiments.
- Anti-wrinkle activity
- Collagenase inhibition assay
Collagenase is an enzyme that hydrolyzes collagen thereby causing loss of hydration and elasticity in skin, resulting in wrinkle formation. We examined whether eggshell membranes could inhibit collagenase using a collagenase inhibition assay. Fig. 2 shows the amount of peptides produced due to collagenase activity at 1 μg/mL, 10 μg/mL, and 30 μg/mL of whole ESMH and its fractions. Whole ESMH inhibited collagenase activity by 14±2%, 28±1%, and 31±1%, fraction I by 16±1%, 30±2%, 34±2%, fraction II by 2±2%, 26±2%, and 29±1%, and fraction III by 8±1%, 24±3%, and 26±2%, respectively. EGCG (positive control) inhibited collagenase activity by 19±1%, 38±3%, and 40±1%, respectively. EGCG is replacing retinol as an ingredient in anti-wrinkle formulations and also stimulates collagen production. Although all eggshell fractions had lower collagenase inhibitory activity than EGCG (the positive control), they did decrease collagenase activity, with fraction I showing the highest inhibition rate. Tissue inhibitors of metalloprotease-1 (TIMP-1), which is known as a collagenase-1 inhibitor, have cysteine disulfide bonds in the structure as well as valine, serine, and leucine resi-dues, and inhibit collagenase I activity by binding to its active site ( Nagase ., 2006 ). Eggshell membrane hydrolysates (ESMH) contain lots of hydrophobic amino acids such as leucine and valine ( Yi ., 2004 ) that may bind to the active site of collagenase. This explains the inhibitory activity of ESMH, although further studies are required to investigate this hypothesis.
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Inhibition of collagenase by EGCG (positive control) and egg shell membrane hydrolysates (ESMH) fractionated by molecular weight. The data presented the mean values±standard deviation of three independent experiments.
- Elastase inhibition assay
Elastin, an elastic fiber, is known to have significant antiwrinkling properties along with collagen. In skin exposed to UV light, there is an increase in the production of elastase and a concomitant decrease in skin elasticity, followed by deformation and collapse of the skin to form wrinkles ( Tsuji ., 2001 ; Tsukahara ., 2001 ). To assess the anti-wrinkle activity of eggshell membrane, the ability of whole ESMH and fractions I, II, and III at concentrations of 10 μg/mL, 100 μg/mL, and 500 μg/mL to inhibit elastase activity was evaluated. EGCG (positive control) inhibited elastase activity by ±1%, 13±2%, and 29±3%, while ESMH inhibited the activity by 3±2%, 6± 1%, and 9±3%, fraction I by 5±1%, 9±2%, and 11±2%; fraction II by 2±2%, 5±2%, and 7±1%; and fraction III by 1±1%, 4±3%, and 5±2%, respectively ( Fig. 3 ). As stated above, EGCG is used as an alternative to retinol in skin formulations. Although eggshell fractions inhibited elastase activity less than the positive control, elastase activity did decrease, and this was most marked for fraction I. The ability of eggshell membrane to inhibit both elastase activity and collagenase activity indicated that it has a potential for practical application in anti-wrinkle cosmetics.
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Inhibition of Elastase by EGCG (positive control) and egg shell membrane hydrolysates (ESMH) fractionated by molecular weight. The data presented the mean values± standard deviation of three independent experiments.
- Anti-microbial activity
- Paper disc assay
Compounds from eggs that are known to have antimicrobial properties and the egg compounds that are currently marketed include lysozyme, conalbumin, avidin, and lactoferrin ( Ashton and Busta, 1968 ; Oram and Reiter, 1968 ). To examine the antimicrobial activity of eggshell membrane hydrolysates, various pathogenic bacteria were treated with whole ESMH and fractions I, II, and III at concentrations of 0.1 mg/disc, 1 mg/disc, 10 mg/disc, and 20 mg/disc. Results are shown in Table 1.
Antimicrobial activity of the egg shell membrane hydrolysates fractionated by molecular weight
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Growth inhibition size of clear zone: −, not detected; +, less than 10 mm; ++, more than 10 mm. Whole ESMH means egg shell membrane hydrolysates before fractionation, Fraction I (above 10 kDa of ESMH), Fraction II (3-10 kDa of ESMH), Fraction III (below 3 kDa of ESMH). *Positive control.
Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus , and Bacillus subtilis , which are Gram-positive bacteria, and Klebsiella pneumoniae and Serratia marcescens , which are Gram-negative bacteria, are present in atmosphere as well as on human skin. They can cause symptoms of infection such as skin rashes and blisters. We used ampicillin as a control. Discs containing eggshell fractions at 10 mg/disc and 20 mg/disc showed antimicrobial activities against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, but their anti-microbial activity against Gram positive bacteria was more pronounced than that against Gram negative bacteria. In summary, eggshell membrane hydrolysates showed a high level of antimicrobial activity against several bacteria, including S . aureus , indicating that they could have practical application in acne formulations.
- Moisture-protection
- Assessment of moisture in the skin and TEWL
The stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of the skin, is 20-40 μm thick and consisted of various layers. It protects the human body from external forces and pressure, and also plays a role in preventing microbes from entering the body while controlling the intake and release of gases and water ( Jacobi, 1959 ; Middleton, 1974 ). To assess skin hydration levels in vitro , skin elasticity is assessed; to assess skin hydration in vivo , transepidermal water loss (TEWL), skin elasticity, and skin formation are assessed. We compared the effects of treatment with whole ESMH and fractions I, II, and II at 1 mg/mL and a control on skin hydration levels after stimulation (tape stripping). Results are summarized in Fig. 4 and 5 . After 0, 1, 3, and 6 h, the control had an average TEWL value of 36±1 mg/m²h and TEWL values of 41±1, 45±1, 48±1, and 44±1mg/m²h, respectively. Whole ESMH TEWL values were 36±1, 34±1, 37±3, and 35±2 mg/m²h, fraction I values were 38±1, 32± 1, 36±1, and 36±2 mg/m²h, fraction II values were 37±1, 33±1, 35±2, and 36±2 mg/m²h, and fraction III values were 36±1, 36±1, 39±1, and 35±2 mg/m²h after 0, 1, 3, and 6 h, respectively. In terms of moisture retention in the skin, the control with no stimulation showed an average value of 30±1% with no change over time, whereas the control with stimulation had moisture retention values of 30±1%, 29±1%, 30±1%, and 31±1%. Whole ESMH treatment resulted in water retention values of 31±1, 32±1, 34±1, and 33±2 mg/m2h, fraction I values of 30±1, 32±1, 33±1, and 32±1 mg/m²h, fraction II values of 31±1, 31±1, 32±2, and 32±1 mg/m²h, and fraction III values of 30±1, 31±1, 32±1, and 31±1 mg/m²h for the 0, 1, 3, and 6 h time points. In conclusion, these findings showed that, compared to the control with stimulants, the fragments showed significantly higher levels of moisture retention, relatively lower levels of damage to the skin and the formation of improved moisture protection for the skin.
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Comparison of the trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) of volunteer’s forearm area before and after the treatment of the egg shell membrane hydrolysates (ESMH) fractionated by Molecular Weight.
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Comparison of skin moisture of the volunteer’s forearm area before and after the treatment of the egg shell membrane hydrolysates (ESMH) fractionated by Molecular Weight.
This work (Grants No. 00045151) was supported by Business for Academic-industrial Cooperative establishments funded Korea Small and Medium Business Administration in 2011.
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