Ann Dermatol.  2022 Aug;34(4):261-269. 10.5021/ad.21.223.

The Effect of Capsaicin on Neuroinflammatory Mediators of Rosacea

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea

Abstract

Background
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with a pathophysiological mechanism that remains unclear. Recently, dysregulation of the sensory nerve system has been implicated in the development of this condition.
Objective
This study aimed to investigate the effect of capsaicin on neuroinflammatory mediators in rosacea. In addition, this study aimed to evaluate the attenuating effects of capsazepine, a transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) antagonist.
Methods
We obtained skin tissue from both rosacea patients and normal individuals for an in vivo study. In addition, normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs) were cultured, and treated with capsaicin and capsazepine for an in vitro study. Quantitative changes in neuroinflammatory mediators were evaluated by semi-quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR), real-time PCR, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and immunofluorescence staining.
Results
The data showed the increase of TRPV1, TRPV4, cathelicidin (LL37) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in skin tissue by real-time PCR. In addition, the data showed that cathelicidin (LL37), kallikrein-5 (KLK-5), TNF-α, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), interleukin (IL)-1α, IL-1β, IL-8, and protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) increased in capsaicin-treated NHEKs. Capsazepine attenuated the expression of TRPV1 and other mediators, except for IL-8, in capsaicin-treated NHEKs.
Conclusion
We confirmed that TRPV1, TRPV4, cathelicidin (LL37) and TNF-α are increased in rosacea skin, and that capsaicin is associated with increase of neuroinflammatory mediators such as LL37, KLK-5, TNF-α, VEGF, IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-8, and PAR2. Modulators or inhibitors of neuroinflammatory mediators including TRPV1 could be potential therapeutic option in the treatment of patients with rosacea.

Keyword

Capsaicin; Rosacea
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