Neoagarobiose as a novel moisturizer with whitening effect

Reijiro Kobayashi, Mikimasa Takisada, Tadashi Suzuki, Kohtaro Kirimura*, Shoji Usami

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Neoagarobiose, a disaccharide, showed a higher hygroscopic ability than glycerol or hyaluronic acid, typical moisturizing reagents. Beside, neoagarobiose whitened B16 murine melanoma cells, and showed low cytotoxicity. Therefore neoagarobiose was a rare reagent showing both moisturizing and whitening effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-163
Number of pages2
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan


  • B16 murinemelanoma cell
  • Hygroscopicity
  • Moisturizing
  • Neoagarobiose
  • Whitening effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry


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