Assessment of the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabidiol and its fluorinated derivative in in vitro and in vivo models of atopic dermatitis

Miltner, Noémi and Béke, Gabriella and Angyal, Ágnes and Kemény, Ágnes and Pintér, Erika and Helyes, Zsuzsanna and Bíró, Tamás and Mihály, Johanna (2018) Assessment of the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabidiol and its fluorinated derivative in in vitro and in vivo models of atopic dermatitis. In: International Investigative Dermatology 2018, 2018.05.16-19, Orlando, Florida, USA.


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It is common wisdom in pharmacology that fluorination can significantly increase the efficacy of the active components in pharmaceuticals – actually, ca. 30% of the best-selling drugs worldwide contain fluorinated compounds. The aim of the current study was to assess the potential anti-inflammatory effects of cannabidiol (CBD), the major non-psychoactive component of the pant Cannabis sativa, and its fluorinated derivative (HUF-101) in various experimental systems modeling atopic dermatitis (AD). For the in vitro AD model, human epidermal keratinocytes were challenged with the combination of Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B (SEB) and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), and expressions of certain marker molecules were assessed by RT-qPCR and ELISA. For the in vivo model, mice were sensitized with 2% oxazolone (OXA) before elicitation. Test compounds were applied topically (1 and 10 μM) after inducing skin inflammation and edema formation (in the ears) was measured with an engineer’s micrometer. In the in vitro model, expressions of certain pro-inflammatory cytokines (e.g. interleukin [IL]-1α, IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-8) were significantly down-regulated upon the administration of CBD and HUF-101. Of great importance, however, HUF-101 exhibited significantly higher potency in comparison to CBD. In the in vivo model, topical application of 1 μM CBD significantly reduced the OXA-induced ear edema; however, 10 μM CBD exerted insignificant effect. In contrast, HUF-101 attenuated OXA-induced edema formation at both concentrations. Intriguingly, similar to the in vitro conditions, the anti-inflammatory potency of HUF-101 was significantly greater than that of CBD. Our study provides the first evidence that CBD and its fluorinated derivative exert significant anti-inflammatory actions in models of AD. These intriguing data invite further pre-clinical and clinical studies to exploit the therapeutic potential of certain CBD derivatives in cutaneous inflammatory conditions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: R Medicine / orvostudomány > RL Dermatology / bőrgyógyászat
Depositing User: Dr Johanna Mihály
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 08:56
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2018 08:56

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