Archives of Dermatological Research

, Volume 306, Issue 1, pp 59–66 | Cite as

Melanosome uptake is associated with the proliferation and differentiation of keratinocytes

  • Hye-In Choi
  • Kyung-Cheol Sohn
  • Dong-Kyun Hong
  • Young Lee
  • Chang Deok Kim
  • Tae-Jin Yoon
  • Jin Woon Park
  • Sunggyun Jung
  • Jeung-Hoon Lee
  • Young Ho LeeEmail author
Original Paper


Melanosomes are synthesized in melanocytes and transferred to neighboring keratinocytes. However, the associations of melanosome uptake with the proliferation and differentiation of keratinocytes are not fully understood. We examined the associations of melanosome uptake with keratinocyte differentiation and proliferation. SV40T-transformed human epidermal keratinocytes (SV-HEKs) were treated with isolated melanosomes. The effects of melanosome uptake on the proliferation and differentiation of the keratinocytes were analyzed by Western blotting and flow cytometry. The relationship between melanosome uptake and keratinocyte differentiation status was verified by determining the melanin content in the cells. Melanosomes reduced the proliferation of SV-HEKs in a dose-dependent manner, but did not induce differentiation. Melanosome uptake was higher in differentiating keratinocytes compared to non-differentiating keratinocytes, and inhibited significantly by PAR-2 inhibitor. Melanosomes inhibit keratinocyte proliferation. Moreover, melanosome uptake is influenced by keratinocyte differentiation status, being highest in mid-stage differentiating keratinocytes in a PAR-2 dependent manner.


Melanosome uptake Keratinocyte Differentiation Proliferation Melanocyte 



This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (NRF-2012R1A1A2A10038685).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hye-In Choi
    • 1
  • Kyung-Cheol Sohn
    • 2
  • Dong-Kyun Hong
    • 2
  • Young Lee
    • 2
  • Chang Deok Kim
    • 2
  • Tae-Jin Yoon
    • 3
  • Jin Woon Park
    • 4
  • Sunggyun Jung
    • 5
  • Jeung-Hoon Lee
    • 2
  • Young Ho Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, School of MedicineChungnam National UniversityDaejeonKorea
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology, School of MedicineChungnam National UniversityDaejeonKorea
  3. 3.Department of Dermatology, School of MedicineGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuKorea
  4. 4.Seoul Neurology ClinicNonsanKorea
  5. 5.Department of Plastic SurgeryKonyang University HospitalDaejeonKorea

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