Author(s): Park SH, Kim DS, Park SH, Shin JW, Youn SW, , Park SH, Kim DS, Park SH, Shin JW, Youn SW,
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Abstract Rhodiola has been widely used in traditional Asian medicine. In this study, we tested the hypopigmentation effects of R. sachalinensis and its active compounds including catechin, chlorogenic acid, p-coumaric acid, and p-tyrosol. Results have shown that only p-coumaric acid inhibits melanin synthesis in B16F10 cells. However, p-coumaric acid did not inhibit tyrosinase activity when L-DOPA was used as a substrate. Instead, p-coumaric acid inhibited tyrosinase activity when L-tyrosine was used as a substrate. We further analyzed the changes of cAMP responsive element binding protein (CREB) phosphorylation and tyrosinase gene expression. The results indicate that p-coumaric acid does not affect CREB phosphorylation or tyrosinase protein production. In turn, these findings demonstrate that p-coumaric acid has no effect on the upstream regulation of tyrosinase gene expression, although p-coumaric acid showed a significant inhibitory effect on melanogenesis. Because p-coumaric acid showed different effects on tyrosinase activity according to different substrates, we tested whether tyrosinase can utilize p-coumaric acid as a substrate. Our findings revealed that competitive inhibition occurs between p-coumaric acid and tyrosine. Consequently, this finding could be a primary mechanism for the hypopigmenting action of p-coumaric acid.
This article was published in Pharmazie
and referenced in Dermatology and Dermatologic Diseases