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Photoaged skin exhibits signs of inflammation, DNA damage and changes in morphology that are visible at the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Photoaging also affects the extracellular matrix (ECM) including hyaluronan (HA), the main polysaccharide component thereof. HA is a structurally simple but biologically complex molecule that serves as a water-retaining component and provides both a scaffold for a number of the proteins of the ECM and the ligand for cellular receptors. The study provides an overview of the literature concerning the changes in HA amount, size and metabolism, and the potential role of HA in photoaging. We also suggest novel HA contributions to photoaging based on our knowledge of the role of HA in other pathological processes, including the senescence and inflammation-triggered ECM reorganization. Moreover, we discuss potential direct or indirect intervention to mitigate photoaging that targets the hyaluronan metabolism, as well as supplementation. © 2021 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Romana Šínová, Vojtěch Pavlík, Martin Ondrej, Vladimír Velebný, Kristina Nešporová. Hyaluronan: A key player or just a bystander in skin photoaging? Experimental dermatology. 2022 Apr;31(4):442-458

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