Antioxidant and anti-melanogenic effect of the novel synthetic hexapeptide (SFKLRY-NH2)

Sun Ju Lee, Sang Gyu Park, Hyung Min Chung, Joon Seok Choi, Dae Duk Kim, Jong Hyuk Sung

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The novel synthetic hexapeptide, Angio-S (SFKLRY-NH2), induced angiogenesis in human endothelial cells and accelerated wound healing. Since the pathophysiology of a wound is similar to the skin-aging process, the antioxidant and anti-melanogenic effects of Angio-S were investigated in this study. The antioxidant effect was investigated in the dermal fibroblasts, and the skin-whitening effect was studied in melanoma B16 cells. Angio-S exhibited an antioxidant activity, which increased in a dose-dependent manner. A cell survival assay revealed that Angio-S aided dermal fibroblasts in the resistance of free radicals induced by tert-butyl hydroperoxide. In addition, activities of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase were enhanced after pre-treatment with Angio-S. Since antioxidants inhibit the chemical reactions leading to melanin formation, the anti-melanogenic effect of Angio-S was studied. Angio-S reduced the synthesis of melanin and inhibited the activity of tyrosinase in melanoma B16 cells. Although the underlying mechanism of inhibiting melanin synthesis was not fully studied, Angio-S may act as an anti-oxidant and directly inhibit tyrosinase during melanin biosynthesis. Collectively, these results indicate that Angio-S exhibits antioxidant and anti-melanogenic effects, and is a potential candidate for use as a skin rejuvenation agent considering the skin-rejuvenating effect at a relatively low concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-286
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec

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Acknowledgments This study was partly supported in part by a grant from the Korea Healthcare technology R&D project, Ministry for Health, Welfare & Family Affairs (A085136) and from the Seoul city (SJ080647). Angio-S was kindly supported by Taehoon Lee (Sigmal, Pohang, Korea). No conflict of interest exists.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery


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