Expression of the p53 protein in sun-damaged skin.
Barnadas MA, Colomo L, Curell R, De Moragas JM.
The expression of the p53 protein in photodamaged skin from the face, forearm and neck of 18 subjects was compared to non-exposed skin taken at autopsy from the abdomens of 9 subjects of the same age. Paraffin sections and the polyclonal antibody CM1 were used with the ABC technique. The p53 protein was expressed in the nuclei of keratinocytes in 7 of the 18 samples obtained from sun-exposed skin and in 1 of 9 samples from non-exposed skin. The expression in sun-exposed skin can be due either to its overexpression due to DNA damage or to the appearance of mutant forms.