Increased expression of transglutaminase-1 and PPARgamma after vitamin E treatment in human keratinocytes

De Pascale, M Clara; Bassi, Anna Maria; Patrone, Vania; Villacorta, Luis; Azzi, Angelo; Zingg, Jean-Marc (2006). Increased expression of transglutaminase-1 and PPARgamma after vitamin E treatment in human keratinocytes. Archives of biochemistry and biophysics, 447(2), pp. 97-106. San Diego, Calif.: Elsevier 10.1016/

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In skin, vitamin E acts as the predominant lipophilic antioxidant with a protective function against irradiation and oxidative stress. In addition to that, vitamin E can also modulate signal transduction and gene expression. To study whether the four natural tocopherol analogues (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta-tocopherol) can influence transcriptional activity by modulating the activity of nuclear receptors, a human keratinocytes cell line (NCTC 2544) was transfected with plasmids containing the luciferase reporter gene under control by direct repeat elements (DR1-DR4), representing binding sites for four different classes of nuclear receptors. In this model, the tocopherols positively modulated only the reporter construct containing a consensus element for peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs). The induction was strongest with gamma-tocopherol and was most likely the direct consequence of stimulation of PPARgamma protein expression in keratinocytes. Vitamin E treatment also led to increased expression of a known PPARgamma target gene involved in terminal keratinocytes differentiation, the transglutaminase-1.

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04 Oct 2013 14:49

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