Chen N, Hu Y, Li WH et al.The role of keratinocyte growth factor in melanogenesis: a possible mechanism for the initiation of solar lentigines. Exp Dermatol 19:865-872

The Johnson and Johnson Skin Research Center, Consumer Product Worldwide, A Unit of Johnson and Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc, Skillman, NJ 08502, USA.
Experimental Dermatology (Impact Factor: 4.12). 09/2009; 19(10):865-72. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0625.2009.00957.x
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ABSTRACT Solar lentigines (SLs) are hyperpigmentary lesions presented on sun-exposed areas of the skin and associated with ageing. The molecular mechanism of SL initiation is not completely understood. Ultraviolet B (UVB) stimulates keratinocytes to produce interlukin-1 alpha (IL-1α), which then induces keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) secretion; therefore, we examined their possible roles in the induction of SLs. We found that KGF increases pigment production in both pigmented epidermal equivalents and human skin explants. In addition, UVB exposure increases KGF expression, and KGF treatment induces tyrosinase (TYR) expression in primary melanocytes. The KGF-induced pigmentary changes were confirmed using pigmented Yucatan swine, and human skins grafted onto immuno-deficient mice. In both model systems, the topical treatment with KGF, alone or in combination with IL-1α, resulted in the in vivo formation of hyperpigmentary lesions with increased pigment deposition and elongated rete ridges, which resemble the histological features of human SLs. Preliminary immunohistochemical analysis of human skins showed a moderate increase in KGF, and a strong induction in KGF receptor (KGFR) in SL lesions. In summary, KGF increases pigment production and deposition in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, we show for the first time the in vivo generation of hyperpigmentary lesions with histological resemblance to human SLs and indicate the involvement of KGF/KGFR in the molecular pathology of human SLs.

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    • "KGF is secreted from cultured stromal fibroblasts derived from skin and gastrointestinal tract and is expressed in vivo in dermal, but not epidermal cells [44]. This paracline growth factor, however, is also effective for stimulating the melanogenesis [44] [45] and melanosome transfer from human melanocytes to keratinocytes [46]. However, the role of KGF in the proliferation and differentiation of melanocytes is not known. "
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    • "Using topical KGF treatment we created in vivo hyperpigmentary lesions, with histological features similar to human SLs. We suggested that KGF is involved in the initiation of hyperpigmentary lesions [37]. Therefore we analyzed KGF and KGFR levels in human SLs. "
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