Hong SP, Kim MJ, Jung MY, Jeon H, Goo J, Ahn SK et al.Biopositive effects of low-dose UVB on epidermis: coordinate upregulation of antimicrobial peptides and permeability barrier reinforcement. J Invest Dermatol 128:2880-2887

Department of Dermatology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
Journal of Investigative Dermatology (Impact Factor: 7.22). 07/2008; 128(12):2880-7. DOI: 10.1038/jid.2008.169
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Whereas high-dose ultraviolet B (UVB) is detrimental to the epidermal permeability barrier, suberythemal doses of UVB are used to treat atopic dermatitis (AD), which is characterized by defective permeability barrier and antimicrobial function. As epidermal permeability barrier and antimicrobial peptide (AMP) expression are coregulated and interdependent functions, we hypothesized that suberythemal doses of UVB exposure could regulate AMP expression in parallel with permeability barrier function. Hairless mice were exposed to 40 mJ cm(-2) UVB (about 1/2 minimal erythema dose) daily for 1 or 3 days. Twenty-four hours after the last exposure, epidermal barrier function was assessed and skin specimens were taken for western blotting, immunohistochemistry, and quantitative reverse transcription-PCR for mouse beta-defensin (mBD)-2, mBD3 and cathelin-related antimicrobial peptide (CRAMP). mRNA levels of the vitamin D receptor (VDR), 1alpha-hydroxylase and key epidermal lipid synthetic enzymes were also quantified. After 3 days of UVB exposure, acceleration of barrier recovery and augmentation in expression of epidermal differentiation markers (for example, involucrin and filaggrin) occurred in parallel with increased mBD2, mBD3, and CRAMP expression at both the mRNA and protein level. VDR, 1alpha-hydroxylase, and the major epidermal lipid synthetic enzymes were also upregulated. When an inhibitor of 1alpha, 25 dihydroxyvitamin D(3) formation, ketoconazole, was applied immediately after UVB exposure, the cutaneous vitamin D system was inhibited, which in turn blocked epidermal lipid synthesis, AMP expression, and permeability barrier homeostasis, suggesting that the beneficial effect of low-dose UVB depends, at least in part, on activation of the cutaneous vitamin D system. Our results provide new insights into the mechanisms whereby low-dose UVB comprises effective therapy for AD.

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    • "The mechanism of action in AD has not been elucidated; however, the proper UV dose has positive effects on the epidermal permeability barrier function by immunomodulating apoptosis of inflammatory cells, reducing the number of cutaneous nerve fibers, inhibiting the Langerhans cells and altering cytokine production.67 In addition, a suberythemal dose of UVB on the skin exerts beneficial effects on the SC barrier function by activating the cutaneous vitamin D system.68,69 In addition, UV initiates endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress responses including downstream activation of the transcription factor, NF-κB.70 "
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    • "A study on hairless mice exposed to 0.5 × MED UVB irradiation (40 mJ/cm2) daily for 14 days demonstrated a significant reduction in the levels of covalently bound Cer and disrupted multilamellar structures (39). By contrast, a separate study concerning hairless mice irradiated with the same dose of UVB daily for 3 days demonstrated no clinically evident inflammation or barrier disruption (68). A dose of 0.5 × MED UVB irradiation for 3 days, prior to tape-stripping, resulted in significantly accelerated barrier recovery rates, implying that repeated, short-term exposure to low-dose UVB significantly accelerates the kinetics of barrier recovery following acute insults (68). "
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    • "In experiments with mice, Hong et al. (2008) observed a faster recovery of the skin barrier in the group treated with narrowband UVB phototherapy, observing higher histological levels of filaggrin and involucrin in this population. Phototherapy-induced vitamin D was considered responsible for accelerating the epidermal barrier recovery.66 "
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