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Photochem Photobiol. 2012 Nov-Dec;88(6):1522-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2012.01195.x. Epub 2012 Aug 8.

Resveratrol enhances solar UV-induced responses in normal human epidermal keratinocytes.

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Laboratory of Tissue Engineering and Skin Pathophysiology, Dermatology Institute (Istituto Dermopatico dell'Immacolata, IDI IRCCS), Rome, Italy.


Resveratrol (RV) differentially affects UV-induced death/pro-survival pathways in normal and tumor cells. On these grounds, RV-containing topical products have been developed to prevent UV-associated tumorigenesis/damage to human skin. In this study, we evaluated mechanisms of combined effects of RV and low-dose solar simulated UVA+UVB or 6-formylindo[3,2-b]carbazole (FICZ), a product of tryptophan photo-oxidation known to mediate UV effects, on the inflammatory, metabolic and proliferative responses of cultured normal human epidermal keratinocytes (HEK). Applied alone, RV, UV and FICZ induced time- and dose-dependent activation of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) pathway followed by over-expression of Cyp1A1 (metabolic response), UV and RV induced IL-8 expression (inflammatory response), while RV enhanced also HEK proliferation revealed by MTT assay and (3)H-thymidine incorporation. In the combined treatment, RV synergized with both UV and FICZ, leading to further activation of AhR machine, Cyp1A1 transcription and IL-8 expression, the latter partly AhR-dependent as assessed by AhR silencing. RV enhanced UV-induced NFkappaB activation and nuclear translocation of epidermal growth factor receptor. By contrast, proliferative effect of RV was abolished in the presence of UV, whereas synergic anti-proliferative action of RV+UV was observed in the Nrf2-silenced HEK. Our data suggest cooperative effects of RV-specific and UV-/FICZ-activated transcription factors leading to deregulated inflammatory, metabolic and proliferative responses of HEK.

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