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Effects of UVA on TNF-α, IL-1, and IL-10 expression levels in human keratinocytes and intervention studies with an antioxidant and a JNK inhibitor

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To understand the expressions and transduction pathways of cytokines in ultraviolet (UV)A-irradiated keratinocytes. Methods:

We cultured human keratinocytes of the HaCaT cell line and investigated both mRNA and protein expressions of cytokines in cells that were not irradiated or were exposed to 2.4 J/cm2 UVA, with or without an antioxidant (-carotene) or a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitor (SP600125). Results:

We demonstrated that the expression levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-1 were up-regulated in irradiated cells. IL-10 was not detected in non-irradiated cells, but was observed in irradiated cells. JNK was activated in irradiated cells and this could be antagonized by -carotene. The UVA-induced up-regulation of these cytokines was also antagonized by -carotene. SP600125 inhibited the UVA-induced increase in the expression of TNF-α mRNA and protein and in the expression of IL-1 mRNA. Conclusions:

The results suggest that oxidative stress may be an early intermediate effect in JNK-dependent UVA induction of cytokine expression in human keratinocytes in vitro.
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Keywords: SP600125; cytokine; keratinocyte; ultraviolet; -carotene

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Publication date: 2010-02-01

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