Telomerase activity in Laminine
A telomere is part of the nucleotide sequence found at the tail of every chromosome. It’s basically a “cap” whose main function is to protect the chromosome from deterioration and welding with other nearby chromosomes as well as to protect DNA. It literary means “end” from the Greek word telos.
According to LifePharm, Laminine’s protein composition allows the regeneration and lengthening of these telomere “caps” up to six sequences. “The level of testing that LifePharm has done on it is very impressive,” says Dr. Rafael Gonzales who heads the small research. However, whitepapers to date are not available for close scrutiny, although the short video was able to illuminate how telomerase activity increases when taking Laminine
In order to validate the claims of LifePharm Laminine, we take a closer look at its ingredient. Laminine contains Fertilized Avian Egg Extract which they say contains FGF2 protein. This enzyme has numerous studies on cell, muscle, and nerve regeneration, but this is the first time LifePharm has made claims on telomere activities.
The product has been around since 2011 and after almost ten years, it appears to be a new marketing tool they are using to promote the use of Laminine. Perhaps, we can see a little truth on the claim since FGF does promote angiogenesis. FGF that induce microvessel endothelial cell proliferation may have a direct on the chromosome’s telomere.
The only whitepaper available online, that is independent of LPGN is from the Journal Metric that did say “telomere length is regulated by FGF-2” (Springer). Nonetheless, to postulate that Laminine work with osteoarthritis treatment is too early to say.
While the company does not mention it as a scientific fact, the presentation affirms it works well with joint pain, related to the shortening of telomere because of age. For now, we will wait for a valid white paper on these claims.