Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 489–496 | Cite as

In vitro and in vivo investigation for biological activities of neoagarooligosaccharides prepared by hydrolyzing agar with β-agarase

  • Sun Joo Hong
  • Je-Hyeon Lee
  • Eun Joo Kim
  • Hea Jung Yang
  • Yong-Keun Chang
  • Jae-Seon Park
  • Soon-Kwang Hong
Research Paper


Our study investigated the biological functions of three neoagarooligosaccharides (NAOs), neoagarobiose (NA2), neoagarotetraose (NA4), and neoagarohexaose (NA6). NAOs were prepared by hydrolyzing agar with the recombinant β-agarases, DagA and DagB, from Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2). An in vitro DPPH (diphenyl-2,4,6-trinitrophenyliminoazanium) radical scavenging assay revealed that none of the NAOs had any significant antioxidative activity. We also assessed the antibacterial activity of each NAO against several gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. This revealed weak effects against four of the seven tested strains. NAO treatment resulted in significant inhibition of α-glucosidase, with the strongest effect observed in a NA4 and NA6 mixture, and a decreasing effect was observed in the order NA2>NA4>NA6. Little inhibition was observed against α-amylase, with an effect significantly lower than that of acarbose. No observable cytotoxicity was found in immortalized Melan-a mouse melanocytes by NAO treatment up to a concentration of 2,000 μg/mL. However, melanin synthesis was significantly reduced by NAO treatment, with the strongest effect observed in a NA4 and NA6 mixture and decreasing effects observed in the order NA6>NA4>NA2. The tyrosinase activity of Melan-a cells was also consistently decreased by NAO treatment. Among the tested factors, treatment of NA4 and NA6 mixture showed the highest inhibition effects against α-glucosidase and tyrosinase, and melanin biosynthesis. Further in vivo study to investigate the role of NAO in these biological functions will be necessary for future biotechnological applications.


neoagarooligosaccharides α-glucosidase inhibition melanin biosynthesis tyrosinase inhibition antibacterial activity antioxidant activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sun Joo Hong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Je-Hyeon Lee
    • 2
  • Eun Joo Kim
    • 2
  • Hea Jung Yang
    • 2
  • Yong-Keun Chang
    • 3
  • Jae-Seon Park
    • 1
  • Soon-Kwang Hong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological Science and BioinformaticsMyongji UniversityYonginKorea
  2. 2.Dynebio Inc. B-B205 Woolimlions Valley IISeongnamKorea
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringKorea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyTaejonKorea

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