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-kappaB transcriptional activities in a dose-dependent manner. InsP6 also suppressed UVB-induced AP-1 and nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) 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 IkappaB-alpha, which is known to result in the inhibition of NF-kappaB 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-kappaB activities by InsP6 is not mediated through PI-3 kinase. Because AP-1 and NF-kappaB 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-kappaB transcription activities.
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