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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 34, Number 10
BKCSDE 34(10)
October 20, 2013 

Synthesis and Evaluation of Coumaroyl Dipeptide Amide as Potential Whitening Agents
Hye-Suk Lee, Kyong-Hoon Shin, Geun-Seog Ryu, In-Shik Cho, Jae-Il Kim, Jae-Ho Lee, Han-Young Kim*
Coumaroyl dipeptide amide, Tyrosinase, Melanin, Whitening agent
Coumaroyl dipeptide amide, Coumaric acid-LG-NH2, was prepared successfully using the solid-phase method, and its efficacy as a skin whitening agent was studied. Coumaric acid-LG-NH2 was prepared with Rink-amide resin, and 96.354% of purity was obtained. Using MTT assay and LDH release assay, we found that it exhibited very low cytotoxicity. And, we found that Coumaric acid-LG-NH2 inhibited tyrosinase activity dose-dependently and showed superior tyrosinase inhibitory activity to well-known whitening agent, arbutin. IC50 value of Coumaric acid-LG-NH2 was 182.4 μM, and IC50 value of arbutin was 384.6 μM. Also, in measurement of melanin contents using B16F1 melanoma cell lines, Coumaric acid-LG-NH2 reduced melanin production induced by α-MSH statistically significant, and showed superior melanin inhibitory activity to p-coumaric acid or arbutin. In addition, Coumaric acid-LG-NH2 reduced MC1R mRNA expression level. Thus, we concluded that MC1R pathway is the significant pathway of Coumaric acid-LG-NH2, and Coumaric acid-LG-NH2 has great potential to be used as novel whitening agents.
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