Role of TRP channels in the induction of heat shock proteins (Hsps) by heating skin

Biophysics (Nagoya-shi). 2015 Feb 13:11:25-32. doi: 10.2142/biophysics.11.25. eCollection 2015.


Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels in skin are crucial for achieving temperature sensitivity to maintain internal temperature balance and thermal homeostasis, as well as to protect skin cells from environmental stresses such as infrared (IR) or near-infrared (NIR) radiation via heat shock protein (Hsp) production. However, the mechanisms by which IR and NIR activate TRP channels and produce Hsps intracellularly have been independently reported. In this review, we discuss the relationship between TRP channel activation and Hsp production, and introduce the roles of several skin TRP channels in the regulation of HSP production by IR and NIR exposure.

Keywords: Heat shock protein; TRP channel; infrared; near infrared; skin.

Publication types

  • Review