Impact of the Gly573Ser substitution in TRPV3 on the development of allergic and pruritic dermatitis in mice

J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Mar;129(3):714-22. doi: 10.1038/jid.2008.245. Epub 2008 Aug 28.


We reported that the Gly573Ser substitution in transient receptor potential vanilloid 3 (TRPV3) led to increased ion channel activity in keratinocytes and caused spontaneous hairlessness in DS-Nh mice. DS-Nh mice also develop allergic and pruritic dermatitis. As the hairless and dermatitis phenotypes were both inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion and could not be segregated from each other, we speculated that TRPV3(Gly573Ser) might be responsible for the dermatitis. Here, we constructed TRPV3(Gly573Ser) transgenic mice, with a putative promoter sequence in the 5' region of TRPV3, to investigate the involvement of TRPV3 in the development of specific types of dermatitis. These transgenic mice spontaneously developed dermatitis, whereas wild-type mice did not display this phenotype when maintained under the same conditions. Histological and serological analyses were carried out to better understand the clinical features of TRPV3(Gly573Ser) transgenic mice. A physiological study revealed that TRPV3(Gly573Ser) induced a higher nerve growth factor response to heat. Finally, C57BL-Nh mice were used to investigate the penetrance of the TRPV3(Gly573Ser) gene for dermatitis. Interestingly, C57BL-Nh mice developed spontaneous scratching behavior, separately from the development of dermatitis. We propose that TRPV3(Gly573Ser) is a cause of pruritus and/or dermatitis associated with scratching, and suggest that TRPV3 may represent a therapeutic target in pruritic dermatitis.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dermatitis / metabolism*
  • Glycine / chemistry
  • Hypersensitivity / metabolism*
  • Immunoglobulin E / metabolism
  • Ligands
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Phenotype
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Pruritus / metabolism*
  • Serine / chemistry
  • TRPV Cation Channels / genetics*
  • TRPV Cation Channels / metabolism*


  • Ligands
  • TRPV Cation Channels
  • Trpv3 protein, mouse
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • Serine
  • Glycine