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Cornified envelope

Efrem N Tessema, Tsige Gebre-Mariam, Reinhard H H Neubert, Johannes Wohlrab
The outer most layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, consists of corneocytes which are coated by a cornified envelope and embedded in a lipid matrix of ordered lamellar structure. It is responsible for the skin barrier function. Ceramides (CERs) are the backbone of the intercellular lipid membranes. Skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis and aged skin are characterized by dysfunctional skin barrier and dryness which are associated with reduced levels of CERs. Previously, the effectiveness of supplementation of synthetic and animal-based CERs in replenishing the depleted natural skin CERs and restoring the skin barrier function have been investigated...
April 14, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
Orla M Fleury, Maeve A McAleer, Cécile Feuillie, Cécile Formosa-Dague, Emily Sansevere, Désirée E Bennett, Aisling M Towell, W H Irwin McLean, Sanja Kezic, D Ashley Robinson, Padraic G Fallon, Timothy J Foster, Yves F Dufrêne, Alan D Irvine, Joan A Geoghegan
Staphylococcus aureus skin infection is a frequent and recurrent problem in children with the common inflammatory skin disease atopic dermatitis (AD). S. aureus colonises the skin of the majority of children with AD and exacerbates the disease. The first step during colonisation and infection is bacterial adhesion to the cornified envelope of corneocytes in the outer layer stratum corneum. Corneocytes from AD skin are structurally different to corneocytes from normal healthy skin. The objective of this study was to identify bacterial proteins that promote the adherence of S...
April 3, 2017: Infection and Immunity
Mélanie Pichery, Anne Huchenq, Roger Sandhoff, Maella Severino-Freire, Sarra Zaafouri, Lukáš Opálka, Thierry Levade, Vanessa Soldan, Justine Bertrand-Michel, Emeline Lhuillier, Guy Serre, Annabel Maruani, Juliette Mazereeuw-Hautier, Nathalie Jonca
Autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI) is a heterogeneous group of monogenic genodermatoses that encompasses non-syndromic disorders of keratinization. The pathophysiology of ARCI has been linked to a disturbance in epidermal lipid metabolism that impaired the stratum corneum function, leading to permeability barrier defects. Functional characterization of some genes involved in ARCI contributed to the identification of molecular actors involved in epidermal lipid synthesis, transport or processing...
March 27, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Laetitia-Barbollat Boutrand, Amélie Thépot, Charlotte Muther, Aurélie Boher, Julie Robic, Christelle Guéré, Katell Vié, Odile Damour, Jérôme Lamartine
Human skin is subject to frequent changes in ambient temperature and humidity and needs to cope with these environmental modifications. To decipher the molecular response of human skin to repeated climatic change, a versatile model of skin equivalent subject to "hot-wet" (40°C, 80% relative humidity [RH]) or "cold-dry" (10°C, 40% RH) climatic stress repeated daily was used. To obtain an exhaustive view of the molecular mechanisms elicited by climatic change, large-scale gene expression DNA microarray analysis was performed and modulated function was determined by bioinformatic annotation...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
Laura Cau, Valérie Pendaries, Emeline Lhuillier, Paul R Thompson, Guy Serre, Hidenari Takahara, Marie-Claire Méchin, Michel Simon
BACKGROUND: Deimination (also known as citrullination), the conversion of arginine in a protein to citrulline, is catalyzed by a family of enzymes called peptidylarginine deiminases (PADs). Three PADs are expressed in the epidermis, one of their targets being filaggrin. Filaggrin plays a central role in atopic dermatitis and is a key protein for the epidermal barrier. It aggregates keratins and is cross-linked to cornified envelopes. Following its deimination, it is totally degraded to release free amino acids, contributing to the natural moisturizing factor (NMF)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
Magdalena Trzeciak, Monika Sakowicz-Burkiewicz, Martyna Wesserling, Jolanta Gleń, Daria Dobaczewska, Tomasz Bandurski, Roman Nowicki, Tadeusz Pawelczyk
BACKGROUND: It is assumed that beside alterations in the filaggrin gene (FLG), disturbances within genes encoding other cornified envelope proteins are also involved in atopic dermatitis (AD). To identify new potential markers of AD, we studied the polymorphisms of genes encoding repetin (RPTN), cornulin (CRNN), and their expression in the skin of AD patients. METHODS: Polymorphisms in CRNN (rs941934), RPTN (rs284544, rs28441202, rs3001978, and rs12117644), and FLG mutations (R2447X, S3247X) were analyzed by TaqMan genotyping assay and by PCR-RFLP in the blood samples of 159 AD patients and 108 healthy subjects...
2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
Barbara Manconi, Barbara Liori, Tiziana Cabras, Federica Iavarone, Armando Manni, Irene Messana, Massimo Castagnola, Alessandra Olianas
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to analyze the salivary peptidome/proteome of edentulous subject with respect to dentate control subjects. DESIGN: Unstimulated whole saliva, collected from 11 edentulous subjects (age 60-76 years) and 11 dentate age-matched control subjects, was immediately treated with 0.2% aqueous trifluoroacetic acid and the acidic soluble fraction analyzed by High Performace Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. The relative abundance of the salivary peptides/proteins was determined by measuring the area of the High Performace Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry eXtracted Ion Current peaks which is linearly proportional to peptide/protein concentration under identical experimental conditions...
May 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
Hyangmi Kim, Minsoo Noh, Ok-Nam Bae, Chang-Hoon Lee, Ai-Young Lee
Pre-elafin controls keratinocyte integrity via cornified envelope formation and inhibition of desquamation, but its role in ultraviolet (UV)-induced keratinocyte apoptosis is unknown. This study examined the role of pre-elafin in volunteer skin samples and primary cultured normal human keratinocytes irradiated with phototoxic doses of UVA/narrow-band UVB, and in keratinocytes with pre-elafin overexpression/knockdown, under conditions of low and high calcium. Phototoxic doses of UV increased pre-elafin mRNA and protein expression in inverse proportion to keratinocyte survival...
January 25, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
Petar Pajic, Yen-Lung Lin, Duo Xu, Omer Gokcumen
BACKGROUND: A common, 32kb deletion of LCE3B and LCE3C genes is strongly associated with psoriasis. We recently found that this deletion is ancient, predating Human-Denisovan divergence. However, it was not clear why negative selection has not removed this deletion from the population. RESULTS: Here, we show that the haplotype block that harbors the deletion (i) retains high allele frequency among extant and ancient human populations; (ii) harbors unusually high nucleotide variation (π, P < 4...
December 5, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Consuelo Pitolli, Valentina Pietroni, Lyuben Marekov, Alessandro Terrinoni, Kiyofumi Yamanishi, Cinzia Mazzanti, Gerry Melino, Eleonora Candi
Transglutaminases (TGs) are a family of enzymes that catalyse the formation of isopeptide bonds between the γ-carboxamide groups of glutamine residues and the ε-amino groups of lysine residues leading to cross-linking reactions among proteins. Four members, TG1, TG2, TG3, and TG5, of the nine mammalian enzymes are expressed in the skin. TG1, TG3 and TG5 crosslinking properties are fundamental for cornified envelope assembly. In contrast, the role of TG2 in keratinization has never been studied at biochemical level in vivo...
March 2017: Amino Acids
Chiung-Yueh Hsu, Géraldine Gasc, Anne-Aurélie Raymond, Odile Burlet-Schiltz, Hidenari Takahara, Guy Serre, Marie-Claire Méchin, Michel Simon
Hornerin (HRNR) shares numerous features with filaggrin, a key contributor to the epidermal barrier functions. The two proteins display a related structural organization, are expressed by the granular keratinocytes as a large precursor processed by proteolysis, and are cross-linked to the cornified cell envelopes. Two main steps in the metabolism of filaggrin are its deimination and calpain-1 cleavage. Here, using ion-exchange chromatography and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of human epidermis extracts, we determined that HRNR is deiminated in vivo...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Hyung Jin Hahn, Hae Jeong Youn, Hwa Jun Cha, Karam Kim, Sungkwan An, Kyu Joong Ahn
BACKGROUND: We are continually exposed to low-dose radiation (LDR) in the range 0.1 Gy from natural sources, medical devices, nuclear energy plants, and other industrial sources of ionizing radiation. There are three models for the biological mechanism of LDR: the linear no-threshold model, the hormetic model, and the threshold model. OBJECTIVE: We used keratinocytes as a model system to investigate the molecular genetic effects of LDR on epidermal cell differentiation...
August 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Ewa Stypczyńska, Waldemar Placek, Barbara Zegarska, Rafał Czajkowski
Palmoplantar keratoderma (PPK) is a heterogeneous group of hereditary and acquired disorders characterized by abnormal thickening of the palms and soles. There are three clinical patterns: diffuse, focal, and punctuate. Palmoplantar keratodermas can be divided into the following functional subgroups: disturbed gene functions in structural proteins (keratins), cornified envelope (loricrin, transglutaminase), cohesion (plakophilin, desmoplakin, desmoglein 1), cell-to-cell communication (connexins) and transmembrane signal transduction (cathepsin C)...
June 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
Zhexue Wu, Jong Cheol Shon, Jong Yei Kim, Yunhi Cho, Kwang-Hyeon Liu
The stratum corneum (SC) acts as a barrier that protects organisms against the environment and from transepidermal water loss. It consists of corneocytes embedded in a matrix of lipid metabolites (ceramides, cholesterol, and free fatty acids). Of these lipids, ceramides are sphingolipids consisting of sphingoid bases, linked to fatty acyl chains. Typical fatty acid acyl chains are composed of α-hydroxy fatty acids (A), esterified ω-hydroxy fatty acids (EO), non-hydroxy fatty acids (N), and ω-hydroxy fatty acids (O)...
October 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Miki Yamane, Kayoko Sugimura, Hiroko Kawasaki, Hideki Tatsukawa, Kiyotaka Hitomi
Transglutaminase (TGase) catalyzes protein cross-linking reactions essential for several biological processes. In differentiating keratinocytes, TG1 (keratinocyte-type) is crucial for the cross-linking of substrate proteins required for the complete formation of the cornified envelop, a proteinaceous supermolecule located in the outermost layer of the epidermis. TG1 expressions and its substrate were induced in cultured keratinocytes at differentiation-stage specific manner. In the cultured keratinocytes, we used the TG1-specific substrate peptide, which enables the specific detection of enzymatic activity to investigate its induction patterns...
September 9, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Yuri Oh, Hye-Won Lim, Kyunghoon Kim, Chang-Jin Lim
Ginsenoside Re (Re), a major ginsenoside of ginseng, enhanced the cornified cell envelope (CE) formation in HaCaT keratinocytes under normal conditions. In HaCaT keratinocytes, Re was also able to upregulate filaggrin protein and caspase-14 activity in a concentration-dependent manner. These findings reasonably imply that Re possesses a desirable property of improving skin barrier function.
July 13, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Myoung Jin Oh, Jin Ju Nam, Eun Ok Lee, Jin Wook Kim, Chang Seo Park
Omega-hydroxyceramides (ω-OH-Cer) play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of skin barrier. ω-OH-Cer are the primary lipid constituents of the corneocyte lipid envelope (CLE) covalently attached to the outer surface of the cornified envelope linked to involucrin to become bound form lipids in stratum corneum (SC). CLE becomes a hydrophobic impermeable layer of matured corneocyte preventing loss of natural moisturizing factor inside the corneocytes. More importantly, CLE may also play an important role in the formation of proper orientation of intercellular lipid lamellar structure by interdigitating with the intercellular lipids in a comb-like fashion...
October 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
Safia Bashir, Iffat Hassan, Sabhiya Majid, Yasmeen Jabeen Bhat, Rabia Farooq
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic hyperproliferative inflammatory disease of the skin, genetic predisposition to which is well-established. The late cornified envelope genes LCE3B and LCE3C are involved in maintaining the integrity of skin barrier especially following skin barrier disruption. The deletion of these genes would lead to an impaired epidermal response following damage to the skin barrier thus predisposing to psoriatic lesions. This study aimed to evaluate the common deletion of late cornified envelope genes (LCE 3B/3C) in psoriasis patients of Kashmiri ethnic population of North India...
2016: Advanced Biomedical Research
Magdalena Trzeciak, Monika Sakowicz-Burkiewicz, Martyna Wesserling, Daria Dobaczewska, Jolanta Gleń, Roman Nowicki, Tadeusz Pawelczyk
Changes in the expression of cornified envelope (CE) proteins are thought to affect the development and course of atopic dermatitis (AD). The aim of this study was to examine the expression level of CE proteins in order to identify new molecular markers of the AD phenotype. Expression levels of CE proteins were evaluated in the skin of patients with AD (38 biopsies) and healthy subjects (26 biopsies). Levels of FLG, FLG2 and SPRR3 mRNAs and proteins were reduced in AD skin. Levels of LELP-1 and SPRR1A transcripts and proteins were significantly increased in AD skin...
January 4, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
Rawad Abdayem, Florian Formanek, Anne Marie Minondo, Anne Potter, Marek Haftek
During the formation of the stratum corneum (SC) barrier, the extracellular spaces of viable epidermis, rich in glycans, are filled with a highly organized lipid matrix and the plasma membranes of keratinocytes are replaced by cornified-lipid envelopes. These structures comprise cross-linked proteins, including trans-membrane glycoproteins and proteoglycans, covalently bound to a monolayer of cell surface ceramides. Little is known about the presence and distribution of glycans on the SC corneocytes despite their possible involvement in SC hydration, cohesion and desquamation...
May 19, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
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