Melanocyte-Stimulating Properties of Arachidonic Acid Metabolites: Possible Role in Postinflammatory Pigmentation

Department of Dermatology, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.
Pigment Cell Research (Impact Factor: 4.29). 12/1992; 5(5 Pt 2):357-61. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0749.1992.tb00562.x
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Normal human epidermal melanocytes became swollen and more dendritic with an increase in the amount of tyrosinase and immunoreactive b-locus protein when they were cultured for 2 days with the following arachidonic acid metabolites: prostaglandin (PG) D2, leukotriene (LT) B4, LTC4, LTD4, LTE4, thromboxane (TX) B2 and 12-hydroxy eicosatetraenoic acid (12-HETE). The effect of LTC4 was particularly strong compared to that of PGE2, about which we have previously reported. On the other hand, PGE1, PGF2 alpha and 6-ketoPGF1 alpha did not show any significant stimulatory effect. These data suggest that arachidonate-derived chemical mediators, especially LTC4, may be responsible for the induction of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation of the skin.

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    • "Tyrosinase activity was estimated by measuring the rate of L-DOPA oxidation as previously reported [25]. B16 cells were seeded in a 12-well plate at a density of 2 × 105 cells per well and allowed to attach for 24 h. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background Kaliziri extract (KZE) is a traditional Uyghur medicine (TUM), used by traditional hospitals in China as an injection for treatment of vitiligo for more than 30 years. Clinical application has shown that this medicine has obvious therapeutic effects. However, its phytochemical analysis and mechanism have not been examined. Methods KZE was extracted from seeds of Kaliziri [Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) Willd.] in ethanol-water (80:20, v/v), its components were identified by LC-MS/MS, and the signaling pathway of melanin synthesis in KZE treated murine B16 melanoma cells was examined by western blotting. Results Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis confirmed that the main components of KZE are flavonoids. KZE increased the tyrosinase activity and melanin content in a dose-dependent manner at concentrations of 5-40 μg/ml, and treatment with 20 μg/ml of KZE enhanced the expression of tyrosinase in B16 cells in a time-dependent manner. Conclusions KZE induced melanogenesis by increasing the expression of TYR, TRP-1, TRP-2 and MITF in B16 cells.
    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 05/2014; 14(1):166. DOI:10.1186/1472-6882-14-166 · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    • "Tyrosinase activity was determined using L-DOPA after treatment with 5-HTR antagonists or 10% of the serum obtained from stressed mice as described by Tomita et al [52]. Normal human melanocytes were plated at a density of 10000 per well in 100 µL of medium in 96-well plates and cultured for 3 d. "
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    ABSTRACT: Stress has been reported to induce alterations of skin pigmentary response. Acute stress is associated with increased turnover of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) whereas chronic stress causes a decrease. 5-HT receptors have been detected in pigment cells, indicating their role in skin pigmentation. To ascertain the precise role of 5-HT in stress-induced pigmentary responses, C57BL/6 mice were subjected to chronic restraint stress and chronic unpredictable mild stress (CRS and CUMS, two models of chronic stress) for 21 days, finally resulting in abnormal pigmentary responses. Subsequently, stressed mice were characterized by the absence of a black pigment in dorsal coat. The down-regulation of tyrosinase (TYR) and tyrosinase-related proteins (TRP1 and TRP2) expression in stressed skin was accompanied by reduced levels of 5-HT and decreased expression of 5-HT receptor (5-HTR) system. In both murine B16F10 melanoma cells and normal human melanocytes (NHMCs), 5-HT had a stimulatory effect on melanin production, dendricity and migration. When treated with 5-HT in cultured hair follicles (HFs), the increased expression of melanogenesis-related genes and the activation of 5-HT1A, 1B and 7 receptors also occurred. The serum obtained from stressed mice showed significantly decreased tyrosinase activity in NHMCs compared to that from nonstressed mice. The decrease in tyrosinase activity was further augmented in the presence of 5-HTR1A, 1B and 7 antagonists, WAY100635, SB216641 and SB269970. In vivo, stressed mice received 5-HT precursor 5-hydroxy-l-tryptophan (5-HTP), a member of the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (fluoxetine; FX) and 5-HTR1A/1B agonists (8-OH-DPAT/CP94253), finally contributing to the normalization of pigmentary responses. Taken together, these data strongly suggest that the serotoninergic system plays an important role in the regulation of stress-induced depigmentation, which can be mediated by 5-HT1A/1B receptors. 5-HT and 5-HTR1A/1B may constitute novel targets for therapy of skin hypopigmentation disorders, especially those worsened with stress.
    PLoS ONE 02/2014; 9(2):e89663. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0089663 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is one of the most common dermatological complaints in patients with colored skin.1 It results from an increase in melanin production or an abnormal distribution of this pigment in the epidermis and/or dermis after external injury.2,3 Various inflammatory mediators, including prostaglandins, leukotrienes, thromboxanes, and reactive oxygen species, are known to induce activation of melanocytes.4,5 Destruction of the basal cell layer with incontinentia pigmenti and melanophages in the dermis has also been described.6,7 "
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