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Effects of a melanogenic bicyclic monoterpene diol on cell cycle, p53, TNF-α, and PGE2 are distinct from those of UVB

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Bicyclic monoterpene (BMT) diols are small-molecule compounds that mimic ultraviolet radiation (UVR) by inducing melanogenesis. The objective of this study was to compare the effects of 2,2-dimethyl-3-propanyldiol-norbornane (AGI-1140), a novel BMT diol, and ultraviolet B (UVB) on additional cellular responses. Methods:

S91 mouse melanoma cells were treated with a range of concentrations of AGI-1140, and examined for induction of melanogenesis and nitric oxide (NO). The effect of AGI-1140 on dendrite outgrowth from human melanocytes was examined by quantitative microscopy. The effect of AGI-1140 and UVB on phosphorylation of p53 serine 15 in human keratinocytes was examined by Western blotting, while the release of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The effects of AGI-1140 and UVB on cell cycle arrest of human melanocytes, keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells were compared using fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Results:

Similar to UVB, AGI-1140 induced both melanogenesis and NO in melanoma cells. AGI-1140 also induced dendrite outgrowth from melanocytes, indicative of differentiation. However, whereas UVB induced G2 cell cycle arrest with phosphorylation of p53 at serine 15, AGI-1140 induced G1 cell cycle arrest without this phosphorylation. Additionally, unlike UVB, AGI-1140 did not increase the secretion of TNF-α or PGE2, mediators of UVB-induced immunosuppressive and inflammatory responses in the skin that may contribute to carcinogenesis. Conclusion:

This study shows that melanogenesis can be induced by AGI-1140 without many of the deleterious effects associated with UVB.
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Keywords: cell cycle; cytokine; keratinocyte; melanocyte; monoterpene; prostaglandin; ultraviolet

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2003

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