Effect of Chrysanthemum indicum Linné extract on melanogenesis through regulation of TGF-β/JNK signaling pathway

  • Yong-Il HwangEmail author


Although several physiological effects of Chrysanthemum indicum Linné (CL) have been researched, the specific effect and molecular mechanism of CL as a functional food material for skin health remain still unknown. Here, it was observed that the α-MSH and IBMX-initiated B16F10 melanogenesis was suppressed by the CL water extract (CLE) treatment. The CLE treatment also increased the mRNA expression levels of pro-collagen1α2, collagen1α2, and fibronectin via exerting the TGF-β/JNK signaling pathway. Together, the beneficial role of CLE in skin health was demonstrated through the downregulation of melanogenesis and enhancement of skin fibril-related genes. It was also revealed that the function of CLE is mediated with the activation of the TGF-β/JNK signaling pathway. These results may provide evidences for the development of functional foods using CLE for maintaining healthy skin.


Chrysanthemum indicum Linné Skin TGF-β Melanin Skin fibril 



This work was supported by the Kyungnam University Foundation Grant, 2017.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of BioconvergenceKyunam UniversityChangwonRepublic of Korea

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