Since Biblical times, honey has been utilized in “folk medicine”, and in recent decades the positive qualities of honey have been re-discovered and are gaining acceptance. Scientific literature states that honey has been successfully utilized on infections not responding to classic antiseptic and antibiotic therapy, because of its intrinsic H2O2 production. In our study, we demonstrated the involvement of H2O2 as a main mediator of honey regenerative effects on an immortalized human keratinocyte cell line. We observed that this extracellularly released H2O2 could pass across the plasma membrane through a specific aquaporin (i.e., AQP3). Once in the cytoplasm H2O2, in turn, induces the entry of extracellular Ca2+ through Melastatin Transient Receptor Potential 2 (TRPM2) and Orai1 channels. Honey-induced extracellular Ca2+ entry results in wound healing, which is consistent with the role played by Ca2+ signaling in tissue regeneration. This is the first report showing that honey exposure increases intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i), due to H2O2 production and redox regulation of Ca2+-permeable ion channels, opening up a new horizon for the utilization of the honey as a beneficial tool.
Martinotti, S.; Laforenza, U.; Patrone, M.; Moccia, F.; Ranzato, E. Honey-Mediated Wound Healing: H2O2 Entry through AQP3 Determines Extracellular Ca2+ Influx. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 764.
Keywords: Honey-Mediated Wound Healing, H2O2 Entry, AQP3, Extracellular Ca2+ Influx, Hydrogen Peroxide, Ca2+-Permeable Ion Channels, Orai1, Melastatin Transient Receptor Potential 2 (TRPM2), Aquaporin.
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