Inositol hexaphosphate inhibits ultraviolet B-induced signal transduction

Nanyue Chen, Wei-Ya Ma, Zigang Dong

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Inositol hexaphosphate (InsP6) has an effective anticancer action in many experimental models in vivo and in vitro. Ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation is believed to be responsible for many of the carcinogenic effects related to sun exposure, and alteration in UVB-induced signal transduction is associated with UVB-induced carcinogenesis. Here we report the effects of InsP6 on UVB-induced signal transduction. InsP6 strongly blocked UVB-induced activator protein-1 (AP-1) and NF-κB transcriptional activities in a dose-dependent manner. InsP6 also suppressed UVB-induced AP-1 and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) DNA binding activities and inhibited UVB-induced phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases (Erks) and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinases (JNKs). Phosphorylation of p38 kinases was not affected. InsP6 also blocked UVB-induced phosphorylation of IκB-α, which is known to result in the inhibition of NF-κB transcriptional activity. InsP6 does not block UVB-induced phosphotidylinositol-3′ (PI-3) kinase activity, suggesting that the inhibition of UVB-induced AP-1 and NF-κB activities by InsP6 is not mediated through PI-3 kinase. Because AP-1 and NF-κB are important nuclear transcription factors that are related to tumor promotion, our work suggests that InsP6 prevents UVB-induced carcinogenesis by inhibiting AP-1 and NF-κB transcription activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Carcinogenesis
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • AP-1
  • Inositol hexaphosphate
  • NF-κB
  • Ultraviolet B


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