Neoagarobiose as a novel moisturizer with whitening effect

Reijiro Kobayashi, Mikimasa Takisada, Tadashi Suzuki, Kotaro 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 murine melona cell
    • hygroscopicity
    • moisturizing
    • neoagarobiose
    • whitening effect

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
    • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Biochemistry
    • Biotechnology

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    Kobayashi, R., Takisada, M., Suzuki, T., Kirimura, K., & Usami, S. (1997). Neoagarobiose as a novel moisturizer with whitening effect. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, 61(1), 162-163.