Regulation of tumor antigen presentation by urocanic acid.


Urocanic acid (UCA) accumulates in the epidermis after deamination of histidine. UCA isomerizes from the trans to the cis form upon exposure to environmental UV radiation. Cis-UCA is immunosuppressive in several models. Topically applied cis-UCA was reported to enhance the cutaneous tumor yield in chronically UV-irradiated mice, suggesting involvement of… (More)