Author: Hakuto Kageyama

An Introduction to Mycosporine-Like Amino Acids

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ISBN: 978-981-5136-09-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5136-08-1 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2023
DOI: 10.2174/97898151360811230101


Mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs), have the property of absorbing ultraviolet rays, and are widely used as active ingredients in cosmetics such as sunscreens. They also have many bioactive properties that make them an attractive ingredient for pharmaceuticals and functional food.

This book summarizes information about the molecular structures, activities and applications of mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs). It aims to be an introductory book for undergraduate and graduate students in applied sciences, or as a handbook for researchers in pharmaceutical chemistry and cosmetics.

Key features

- 11 structured chapters covering the biochemistry of MAAs

- Introduces readers to biochemical and synthetic pathways of MAAs

- Presents information on many bioactive properties of MAAs including helioprotective, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-collagenase effects

- Simple, clear explanations for learners

- Academic and scholarly references for advanced readers

- Illustrated appendices


undergraduates and graduates in applied courses in pharmaceutical chemistry and cosmetic sciences; industry researchers


This book is a good introduction to those interested in Mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs), and will be an asset for students, university researchers, and corporate researchers.

MAAs are natural compounds synthesized by microorganisms to protect themselves from UV irradiation. Their usefulness is expected in various biological and industrial fields. This book describes MAAs in detail, from the basics to the applied perspectives. This book is composed of 11 sections. First, starting with the molecular structure of MAAs (Chapter 1), their distributions are outlined, focusing on cyanobacteria (Chapter 2). Chapter 3 has a detailed description of the MAAs biosynthetic pathway. These chapters will help readers gain a basic understanding of MAAs. Chapter 4 introduces the knowledge accumulated so far regarding the method of analysis and preparation of MAAs. The characteristics of MAAs are described in chapter 5 to 11. Each chapter is compactly organized from the point of view application so that readers will find the usefulness of MAAs. It should be noted that this book has abundant appendices. Information on more than 60 types of MAAs reported so far is summarized. Correlation diagrams of the molecular structures of these many MAAs are also available. This book thus can serve as a key reference work to all those working on MAAs.

Rungaroon Waditee-Sirisattha, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science
Chulalongkorn University