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Rosacea: The Blessing of the Celts - An Approach to Pathogenesis Through Translational Research. 2015
- Increased expression of cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) is related to the pathogenesis of rosacea. CAMP plays a crucial role in antimicrobial defences, such as the killing of mycobacteria. CAMP gene expression is regulated by vitamin D-dependent (VDR) and vitamin D-independent (C/EBPα) transcription factors. VDR-dependent CAMP expression is sufficient during the summer months in Nordic countries, but insufficient during Nordic winters, due to low ultraviolet (UV) levels. Historically, the Celts may have overcome this geographical disadvantage of deficient CAMP production during the winter through an as-yet undefined acquired mutation that activates the alternative vitamin D-independent CAMP promoter C/EBPα. C/EBPα is the downstream transcription factor of Toll-like receptor (TLR)-mediated innate immune reactions and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress responses. At the molecular level, all clinical trigger factors for rosacea can be regarded as ER stressors. A mutation-based upregulation of ER stress responsiveness in rosacea may thus explain patients' reduced threshold for ER stressors. It is notable that ER stress upregulates the potent lipid-mediator sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), which explains multiple pathological aberrations observed in rosacea skin. Enhanced ER stress/S1P signalling in rosacea appears to compensate for insufficient VDR-dependent CAMP expression, maintaining adequate CAMP levels during UV-deficient winter to combat life-threatening microbial infections, such as lupus vulgaris. Therefore, rosacea should not be considered as a disadvantage, but as evolution's blessing of the Celts which improved their survival. The concept presented here also explains the mechanism of Finsen's UV treatment of lupus vulgaris by UV- and ER stress-mediated upregulation of CAMP expression. Rosacea could therefore be described as the Celts' "inborn Finsen lamp".
A novel role of a lipid species, sphingosine-1-phosphate, in epithelial innate immunity. 2013
- A variety of external perturbations can induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, followed by stimulation of epithelial cells to produce an innate immune element, the cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP). ER stress also increases production of the proapoptotic lipid ceramide and its antiapoptotic metabolite, sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P). We demonstrate here that S1P mediates ER stress-induced CAMP generation. Cellular ceramide and S1P levels rose in parallel with CAMP levels following addition of either exogenous cell-permeating ceramide (C2Cer), which increases S1P production, or thapsigargin (an ER stressor), applied to cultured human skin keratinocytes or topically to mouse skin. Knockdown of S1P lyase, which catabolizes S1P, enhanced ER stress-induced CAMP production in cultured cells and mouse skin. These and additional inhibitor studies show that S1P is responsible for ER stress-induced upregulation of CAMP expression. Increased CAMP expression is likely mediated via S1P-dependent NF-κB-C/EBPα activation. Finally, lysates of both ER-stressed and S1P-stimulated cells blocked growth of virulent Staphylococcus aureus in vitro, and topical C2Cer and LL-37 inhibited invasion of Staphylococcus aureus into murine skin. These studies suggest that S1P generation resulting in increased CAMP production comprises a novel regulatory mechanism of epithelial innate immune responses to external perturbations, pointing to a new therapeutic approach to enhance antimicrobial defense.