Chemical Research in Chinese Universities

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 408–414 | Cite as

Design, Synthesis and Biological Activity of Novel Furocoumarin Derivatives as Stimulators of Melanogenesis and Tyrosinase in B16 Cells

  • Chao Niu
  • Deng Zang
  • Haji Akber Aisa


Sixteen novel and four known(4a, 4d, 4e, 4h) amine derivatives of furocoumarin were synthesized, then submitted to evaluation as stimulators of melanogenesis and tyrosinase in B16 murine cells. Among them, five compounds(4g, 4j―4m) showed potent activating effect on both melanogenesis and tyrosinase in vitro compared with positive control(8-MOP), the most widely used drugs for vitiligo in clinic. Noticeably, compounds 4h and 4j, which contain morpholine and piperazine, were recognized as the most effective stimulator of melanogenesis and tyrosianse in B16 cells separately. These derivatives may serve as lead compounds for further drug discovery for the treatment of vitiligo.


Furocoumarin Amine Melanin synthesis Tyrosinase Vitiligo 


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Design, Synthesis and Biological Activity of Novel Furocoumarin Derivatives as Activator of Melanogenesis and Tyrosinase in B16 Cells


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Plant Resources and Chemistry in Arid Regions, State Key Laboratory Basis of Xinjiang Indigenous Medicinal Plants Resource Utilization, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesUrumqiP. R. China
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP. R. China

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