Neryl acetate, the major component of Corsican Helichrysum italicum essential oil, mediates its biological activities on skin barrier
PLoS One 2023, Mar 3;18(3)
LEMAIRE G., OLIVERO M., ROUQUET V., MOGA A., PAGNON A., CENIZO V., PORTES P. (2023)
Laboratoires M&L SA–Groupe L’Occitane, Manosque, France.
Novotec, BRON, France.
QIMA Life Sciences–Synelvia, Labège, France.
Corsican Helichrysum italicum essential oil (HIEO) is characterized by high concentrations of neryl acetate, and we previously demonstrated that Corsican HIEO increases the expression of genes that are part of the differentiation complex (involucrin, small proline rich proteins, late cornified envelope, S100 protein family). The biological activities of HIEO and neryl acetate (NA) were compared to identify how NA contributes to HIEO activity on human skin. NA, as a part component of HIEO, was tested on skin explant models for 24 hours and 5 days in comparison with HIEO. We analyzed the biological regulations in the skin explant by transcriptomic analysis, skin barrier protein immunofluorescence, lipid staining and ceramide analysis by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Transcriptomic analysis revealed that 41.5% of HIEO-modulated genes were also regulated by NA and a selected panel of genes were confirmed by qquantitative reverse transcription PCR analysis. Those genes are involved in epidermal differentiation, skin barrier formation and ceramide synthesis. Involucrin (IVL), involved in formation of the cornified envelope (CE), was upregulated at both gene and protein levels after 24 hours and 5 days respectively. After 5 days of treatment, total lipids and ceramides were also increased. Our results demonstrate that NA mediates a large part of Corsican HIEO activity on skin barrier formation.
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KEYWORDS: Skin barrier; Helichrysum italicum; gene expression; transcriptomic analysis; ceramide analysis