Cyclobuta-dithymidine induction by solar-simulating UV radiation in human skin. I. Protection by constitutive pigmentation

P. T. Strickland, M. Bruze, J. Creasey

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The induction and persistence of cyclobuta-dithymidine (T<>T) photoproducts in human skin samples was measured following exposure to artificial solar radiation. DNA extracted from human epidermis, irradiated with the equivalent of 15 to 20 min of midday sunlight, was analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Heavily pigmented skin required 2- to 4-fold higher doses than non-pigmented skin to produce similar amounts of T<>T photoproducts. These results demonstrate the effectiveness of constitutive epidermal pigmentation in protecting epidermal cell DNA from solar UV-induced damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-169
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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