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Urocanic acid suppresses induction of immunity in human skin.
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PMID:  21091788     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Trans-urocanic acid is isomerized to cis-urocanic acid (C-UCA) by ultraviolet radiation. C-UCA suppresses immunity in vitro and in vivo in animals; its effect on human skin is unknown. We sought to determine whether its topical application to normal skin suppresses induction of immunity to dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB).
METHODS: Forty subjects applied C-UCA (0%, 0.02%, 0.2%, or 2%) for 17 days. A 40-mcg dose of DNCB was then applied to induce immunity. Subjects were challenged for immunity at 6-week follow-up by occluding doses of DNCB (0, 3.125, 6.25, or 12.5 mcg) on untreated normal skin. Induced immunity was measured by area of erythema and induration 2 and 4 days postchallenge.
RESULTS: No significant differences were found in incidence of sensitization by C-UCA concentration (P=.59). DNCB sensitization developed in all 10 subjects induced through 0% C-UCA (placebo); only 23 of 30 patients were sensitized through skin treated with C-UCA. Mean areas of erythema and induration induced through C-UCA-treated skin were less than those in controls (P < 0.05). The number of Langerhans cells in C-UCA-treated skin was unaffected. Laboratory tests of immune function and lymphocyte numbers were unchanged.
CONCLUSION: Topically applied C-UCA blunts normal induction responses to a cutaneous sensitizer.
Mark V Dahl; Gerald N McEwen; H Irving Katz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Photodermatology, photoimmunology & photomedicine     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1600-0781     ISO Abbreviation:  Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9013641     Medline TA:  Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA.
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