Caffeoyl–Pro–His amide relieve DNCB-Induced Atopic Dermatitis-Like phenotypes in BALB/c mice

Sunhyae Jang, Jungyoon Ohn, Ji Won Kim, So Min Kang, Dasom Jeon, Chan Yeong Heo, Yoon Sik Lee, Ohsang Kwon, Kyu Han Kim

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The main factors involved in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD) are skin barrier abnormality, allergy/immunology, and pruritus. Considering how oxidative stress influences these factors, antioxidant agents may be effective candidates in the treatment of AD. To evaluate the effect of Caffeoyl–Pro–His amide (CA-PH), an antioxidant agent, on 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB)-induced AD-like phenotypes in BALB/c mice. Topical sensitization and challenge by DNCB were performed on the dorsal skin of BALB/c mice to induce AD-like cutaneous lesions, phenotypes, and immunologic response. CA-PH was applied topically for 2 weeks to assess its effects on DNCB-induced AD-like phenotypes. As a result, CA-PH relieved DNCB-induced AD-like phenotypes quantified by dermatitis severity score, scratching duration, and trans-epidermal water loss. Histopathological analysis showed that CA-PH decreased epidermal thickening, the number of mast cells, and eosinophil infiltration in dermis. Immunohistochemical staining revealed that CA-PH recovered skin barrier-related proteins: filaggrin, involucrin, and loricrin. As for the immunologic aspects, CA-PH treatment lowered mRNA or protein levels of interleukin (IL)-4, IL-6, IL-17a, IL-1b, IL-31, and IL-33 levels and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) levels in cutaneous tissue, reducing the DNCB-induced serum IgE level elevation. In conclusion, topical CA-PH may be a therapeutic option for the treatment of AD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8417
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020

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