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Expression and distribution patterns of spermine, spermidine, and putrescine in rat hair follicle

  • Yamamoto, Yutaro1
  • Makino, Takamitsu2
  • Kudo, Hideo2
  • Ihn, Hironobu2
  • Murakami, Yasuko3
  • Matsufuji, Senya3
  • Fujiwara, Kunio1
  • Shin, Masashi1
  • 1 Sojo University, Department of Applied Life Science, Faculty of Biotechnology and Life Science, Ikeda 4-22-1, Kumamoto, 860-0082, Japan , Kumamoto (Japan)
  • 2 Kumamoto University, Department of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, Faculty of Life Sciences, 1-1-1Honjyo, Kumamoto, 860-8556, Japan , Kumamoto (Japan)
  • 3 The Jikei University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology, 3-25-8 Nishi-shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-8461, Japan , Tokyo (Japan)
Published Article
Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
Nov 21, 2017
DOI: 10.1007/s00418-017-1621-1
Springer Nature


No expression and distribution patterns of polyamines (PAs), spermine, spermidine, and their precursor putrescine in mammalian hair follicle are available, although polyamines are known to correlate well with hair growth and epidermal tumor genesis. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) using our original two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) ASPM-29 specific for spermine or spermidine, and APUT-32 specific for putrescine allowed us to detect immunoreactivity for polyamines in hair follicles from normal adult rats. A wide range of immunoreactivity for the total spermine and spermidine was observed in the compartments of hair follicle: The highest degree of immunoreactivity for polyamines was observed in the matrix, in the Huxley’s layer, in the deeper Henle’s layer, and in the cuticle of the inner root sheath/the hair cuticle, while moderate immunoreactivity existed in the lower-to-mid cortex and the companion layer, followed by lower immunoreactivity in the outer root sheath, including the bulge region and in the deeper medulla, in which the immunoreactivity was also evident in their nuclei. In addition, somewhat surprisingly, with IHC by APUT-32 mAb, we detected significant levels of putrescine in the compartments, in which the immunostaining pattern was the closely similar to that of the total spermine and spermidine. Thus, among these compartments, the cell types of the matrix, the Huxley’s layer, the deeper Henle’s layer, and the cuticle of the inner root sheath/the hair cuticle seem to have the biologically higher potential in compartments of anagen hair follicle, maybe suggesting that they are involved more critically in the biological event of hair growth. In addition, we noted sharp differences of immunostaining by IHCs between ASPM-29 mAb and APUT-32 mAb in the epidermis cells and fibroblast. ASPM-29 mAb resulted in strong staining in both the cell types, but APUT-32 mAb showed only very light staining in both types. Consequently, the use of the two IHCs could be extremely useful in further studies on hair cycle and epidermal tumor genesis experimentally or clinically.

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