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IL-12 deficiency suppresses 12-<i>O</i>-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate-induced skin tumor development in 7,12-dimethylbenz(<i>a</i>)anthracene-initiated mouse skin through inhibition of inflammation

Som D. Sharma, Syed M. Meeran, Nandan Katiyar, George B. Tisdale, Nabiha Yusuf, Hui Xu, Craig A. Elmets and Santosh K. Katiyar

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 30, issue 11, pages 1970-1977
Published in print November 2009 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online September 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
IL-12 deficiency suppresses 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate-induced skin tumor development in 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene-initiated mouse skin through inhibition of inflammation

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Interleukin (IL)-12 deficiency exacerbates tumorigenesis in ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced skin. Here, we assessed the effects of IL-12 deficiency on 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)-induced tumor promotion in 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA)-initiated mouse skin. Using this two-stage chemical carcinogenesis protocol, we found that the development of DMBA/TPA-induced skin tumors was diminished in IL-12p40-knockout mice than in their wild-type counterparts. At the termination of the experiment (at 24 weeks), the skin tumor incidence and tumor multiplicity were significantly lower (P < 0.005) in interleukin-12-knockout (IL-12 KO) mice than in their wild-type counterparts, as was the malignant transformation of DMBA/TPA-induced papillomas to carcinomas (P < 0.01). Analysis of samples collected at the termination of the experiments for biomarkers of inflammation by immunohistochemical analysis, western blotting, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and real-time polymerase chain reaction revealed significantly lower levels of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), prostaglandin (PG) E2, proliferating cell nuclear antigen, cyclin D1 and the proinflammatory cytokines (tumor necrosis factor-α, IL-1β and IL-6) in the DMBA/TPA-treated tumors and tumor-uninvolved skin of IL-12 KO mice than the skin and tumors of DMBA/TPA-treated wild-type mice. Analysis of the skin 6 h after TPA treatment showed that the TPA-induced promotion of skin edema, inflammatory leukocyte infiltration, COX-2 expression and PGE2 production was significantly lower in the skin of the IL-12-KO mice than their wild-type counterparts. These results indicate that DMBA/TPA-induced skin tumor development differs from UVB-induced skin tumor development in that endogenous IL-12 acts to inhibit UVB-induced skin tumor development and malignant progression of the skin tumors to carcinoma. In the case of DMBA/TPA-induced skin tumor development, the endogenous IL-12 modulates the tumor promoter stimulation of inflammatory responses.

Journal Article.  6305 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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