Protective Effects of Lindera coreana on UVB-induced Oxidative Stress in Human HaCaT Keratinocytes

Document Type : Research article


1 Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Pusan National University, Jangjeon-dong 30, Geumjung-gu, Busan 609-735, South Korea

2 Department of Pharmacy, Affiliated Hospital to Yangzhou University, No.98 Nantong West Road, Yangzhou City, 225001, People’s Republic of China


The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of ethanol extracts from Lindera coreana leaves (LCE) on UVB-induced oxidative stress in HaCaT keratinocytes. The HaCaT cells were pretreated with LCE for 24 h and then exposed to UVB (20 mJ/cm2) for 2 h. UVB significantly decreased the cell viability (p<0.05). LCE did not exhibit significantly cytotoxic effects and increased the viability of the HaCaT cells in a concentration-dependent manner. To further investigate the protective effects of LCE on UVB-induced oxidative stress in HaCaT cells, the cellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), lipid peroxidation and endogenous antioxidant enzymes, including catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-px), were analyzed. LCE decreased the intracellular levels of ROS and lipid peroxidation and increased the activity of antioxidant enzymes. These results suggest that LCE exerted cytoprotective activity against UVB-induced oxidative stress in HaCaT cells through the inhibition of lipid peroxidation, reduction of ROS levels and stimulation of antioxidant enzymes activities. In addition, LCE also decreased the TNF-α, IL-1β and IL-6 levels in UVB-irradiated HaCaT cells.