Advances in dermatology using DNA aptamer “Aptamin C” innovation: Oxidative stress prevention and effect maximization of vitamin C through antioxidation

Sooho Choi, Jeongmin Han, Ji Hyun Kim, A. Ru Kim, Sang Heon Kim, Weontae Lee, Moon Young Yoon, Gyuyoup Kim, Yoon Seong Kim

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Background: Vitamin C (also known as L-ascorbic acid) plays a critical role in reactive oxygen species (ROS) reduction and cell regeneration by protecting cell from oxidative stress. Although vitamin C is widely used in cosmetic and therapeutic markets, there is considerable evidence that vitamin C easily undergoes oxidation by air, pH, temperature, and UV light upon storage. This deficiency of vitamin C decreases its potency as an antioxidant and reduces the shelf-life of products containing vitamin C as its ingredient. To overcome the deficiency of vitamin C, we have developed Aptamin C, an innovative DNA aptamer maximizing the antioxidant efficacy of vitamin C by binding to the reduced form of vitamin C and delaying its oxidation. Methods: Binding of Aptamin C with vitamin C was determined using ITC analysis. ITC experiment was performed 0.2 mmol/L vitamin C that was injected 25 times in 2 µL aliquots into the 1.8 mL sample cell containing the Aptamin C at a concentration of 0.02 mmol/L. The data were fitted to a one-site binding isotherm using with origin program for ITC v.5.0. Results: To investigate the effect of Aptamin C and vitamin C complex in human skins, both in vitro and clinical tests were performed. We observed that the complex of Aptamin C and vitamin C was significantly effective in wrinkle improvement, whitening effect, and hydration increase. In the clinical test, subjects treated with the complex showed dramatic improvement in skin irritation and itching. No adverse reaction was presented by Aptamin C complex in the test. Conclusion: Taken together, these results showed that Aptamin C, an innovative novel compound, should potentially be served as a key cosmeceutical ingredient for a range of skin conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)970-976
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
National Research Foundation of Korea, Grant/Award Number: NRF‐ 2017R1A2B2008483; Brain Korea Plus (BK+) program

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Authors. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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