Narrowband ultraviolet B inhibits innate cytosolic double-stranded RNA receptors in psoriatic skin and keratinocytes

Emoke Racz, Errol Prens, René Kant, Eddy Florencia, Koos Jaspers, Jon Laman, D de Ridder, CTE van der Fits

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)


P>Background The mode of action of narrowband ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) therapy in clearing psoriasis is incompletely understood, and in vivo studies at the molecular level in patients undergoing NB-UVB therapy are limited. We previously demonstrated increased expression and activity of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) receptors in psoriasis lesions, and suggested that this enhanced innate signalling contributed to the maintenance of psoriatic inflammation. Objectives We investigated whether NB-UVB affects dsRNA receptor expression and function in vivo as well as in vitro. Methods Skin samples of patients with psoriasis undergoing NB-UVB treatment were analysed for epidermal messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of the various dsRNA receptors by microarray and quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Primary human keratinocytes were irradiated with NB-UVB and stimulated with interferon (IFN)-alpha or IFN-gamma, critical cytokines in psoriasis. The dsRNA analogue polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid was used to assess the functional responsiveness of the cells to dsRNA. Results NB-UVB therapy of patients with psoriasis resulted in a significantly reduced mRNA expression of the activating dsRNA receptors MDA5 (IFIH1) and RIG-I (DDX58). On the other hand, expression of LGP2 (DHX58), toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) and PKR (EIF2AK2) was not affected. In vitro, NB-UVB irradiation completely blocked the upregulation of four of the dsRNA receptors in primary human keratinocytes stimulated with IFN-alpha or IFN-gamma, resulting in an attenuated inflammatory response to dsRNA. Conclusions Our results show that NB-UVB irradiation inhibits the local innate inflammatory response to dsRNA, and suggest a novel mechanism of action of NB-UVB phototherapy in psoriasis.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)838-847
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Cite this