UV induced changes in proteome of rats plasma are reversed by dermally applied cannabidiol

Sci Rep. 2021 Oct 19;11(1):20666. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-00134-8.


UV radiation is known to induce a multiple changes in the metabolism of skin-building cells, what can affect the functioning not only neighboring cells, but also, following signal transduction releasing into the blood vessels, the entire body. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the proteomic disturbances occurred in plasma of chronically UVA/UVB irradiated rats and define the effect on these changes of skin topically applied cannabidiol (CBD). Obtained results showed significant changes in the expression of numerous anti-inflammatory and signaling proteins including: NFκB inhibitor, 14-3-3 protein, protein kinase C, keratin, and protein S100 after UV irradiation and CBD treatment. Moreover, the effects of UVA and UVB were manifested by increased level of lipid peroxidation products-protein adducts formation. CBD partially prevented all of these changes, but in a various degree depending on the UV radiation type. Moreover, topical treatment with CBD resulted in the penetration of CBD into the blood and, as a consequence, in direct modifications to the plasma protein structure by creating CBD adducts with molecules, such as proline-rich protein 30, transcription factor 19, or N-acetylglucosamine-6-sulfatase, what significantly changed the activity of these proteins. In conclusion, it may be suggested that CBD applied topically may be an effective compound against systemic UV-induced oxidative stress, but its effectiveness requires careful analysis of CBD's effects on other tissues of the living organism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / pharmacology
  • Antioxidants / metabolism
  • Cannabidiol / administration & dosage*
  • Keratinocytes / drug effects
  • Keratinocytes / metabolism
  • Keratinocytes / radiation effects
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects
  • Lipid Peroxidation / radiation effects
  • Male
  • Mice, Nude
  • Proteome / metabolism
  • Proteome / radiation effects*
  • Proteomics / methods
  • Rats
  • Signal Transduction / drug effects
  • Signal Transduction / radiation effects
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin / metabolism
  • Skin / radiation effects*
  • Ultraviolet Rays


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Proteome
  • Cannabidiol