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Research Progress in Small Molecules as Anti-vitiligo Agents

[ Vol. 31 , Issue. 8 ]


Heng Wu, Chao Niu* and Haji Akber Aisa*   Pages 995 - 1035 ( 41 )


Vitiligo is a disease characterized by skin discoloration, and no safe and effective drugs have been developed until now. New drug research and development are imminent. This article reviews the research on small-molecule drugs for vitiligo from 1990 to 2021 at home and abroad. They are classified according to their structures and mechanisms of action, including natural products and derivatives, anti-oxidative stress drugs, immunosuppressants, prostaglandins, etc. The research on their anti-vitiligo activity, structural modification, new dosage forms, clinical trials, and the development trend in new anti-vitiligo drugs are reviewed, which provides important references for the development of new drugs.


Vitiligo, small molecule drugs, melanin production, immunosuppression, prostaglandin, melanocytes, L-tyrosine.


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