UVB induces HIF-1α-dependent TSLP expression via the JNK and ERK pathways

Yeonsue Jang, Sang H. Jeong, Yoon Hee Park, Hyun C. Bae, Hana Lee, Woo In Ryu, Gil-Hong Park, Sang W. Son

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Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) may have a key role in the initiation and maintenance of allergic inflammatory diseases, including atopic dermatitis. The present study revealed that UVB radiation exposure could induce TSLP expression in human keratinocytes and a human skin equivalent model. In addition, we investigated the regulatory mechanism of UVB-induced TSLP expression in keratinocytes. TSLP expression was upregulated by transfection with pcDNA3-hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α (P402A and P564A), which stably expresses HIF-1α protein. UVB-induced TSLP induction in keratinocytes was suppressed in the treatment of mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitors or small interfering RNAs against HIF-1α. The results of chromatin immunoprecipitation assays indicate the direct involvement of HIF-1α in UVB-mediated TSLP induction. Taken together, these findings indicate that UVB exposure may increase TSLP expression through a HIF-1α-dependent mechanism via the c-JUN N-terminal kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathways in human keratinocytes. Our data showed that UVB-induced TSLP might increase secretion of the T-helper type 2-attracting chemokine (c-c motif) ligand 17 by human dendritic cells. The present study suggests an important role of HIF-1α in UVB-mediated immune response in keratinocytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2601-2608
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Korea Ministry of the Environment as “the Eco-Innovation project” (no. 412-111-001) and the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (2012R1A1A2044085).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Cell Biology


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