Potent Whitening Activity of Aruncus dioicus Extract in B16F10 Melanoma Cell by Suppression of Melanin Biosynthesis

흑색종세포의 멜라닌 생성억제로 인한 삼나물 추출물(Aruncus dioicus)의 미백효과

  • Kim, Dong-Hee (Team of Product Development, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute for Oriental Medicine Industry) ;
  • Moon, Yong-Sun (Department of Horticulture, Yeungnam University) ;
  • Park, Tae-Soon (Team of Product Development, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute for Oriental Medicine Industry) ;
  • Hwang, Ju-Young (Team of Product Development, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute for Oriental Medicine Industry) ;
  • Son, Jun-Ho (Team of Product Development, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute for Oriental Medicine Industry)
  • 김동희 (한국한방산업진흥원 한방화장품팀) ;
  • 문용선 (영남대학교 원예생명과학과) ;
  • 박태순 (한국한방산업진흥원 한방화장품팀) ;
  • 황주영 (한국한방산업진흥원 한방화장품팀) ;
  • 손준호 (한국한방산업진흥원 한방화장품팀)
  • Received : 2013.05.01
  • Accepted : 2013.07.03
  • Published : 2013.12.31


Monoterpenoids were recently found as main biologically active compounds which is responsible for various physiological effect in goat's beard (Aruncus dioicus). Ethyl acetate extract of A. dioicus (ADE) was treated to B16F10 melanoma cells for the examination of whitening activity. MTT assay was performed to evaluate cell toxicity and the result showed that slight cell toxicity (> 10%) by over $500{\mu}g{\cdot}mL^{-1}$. Thus, 0, 5, 10, or $50{\mu}g{\cdot}mL^{-1}$ ADE was used for further experiments. We found that tyrosinase activity was decreased according to ADE concentration, and the total melanin content was also dramatically reduced. Especially with $50{\mu}g{\cdot}mL^{-1}$ ADE treatment tyrosinase activity was reduced to 35.6%, and 58.8% of melanin content was lowered. In addition, whitening related proteins including tyrosinase, tyrosinase related protein 1 (TRP1), TRP2, microphthalmia associated transcription factor (MITF) and cAMP and protein kinase A (PKA) were reduced by ADE treatment. It caused decreased phosphorylation of cAMP response binding protein (CREB) but increased phosphorylation of extracellular signal related kinase (ERK). Therefore, in this paper we would like to suggest the potent usage of A. dioicus natively grown in Ulleungdo, Korea as materials of functional cosmetics by confirming whitening activity related with melanin content.


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