Spermidine-induced recovery of human dermal structure and barrier function by skin microbiome

Gihyeon Kim, Misun Kim, Minji Kim, Changho Park, Youngmin Yoon, Doo-Hyeon Lim, Hyeonju Yeo, Seunghyun Kang, Yeong-Geun Lee, Nam-In Beak, Jongsung Lee, Sujeong Kim, Jee Young Kwon, Won Woo Choi, Charles Lee, Kyoung Wan Yoon, Hansoo Park & Dong-Geol Lee

An unbalanced microbial ecosystem on the human skin is closely related to skin diseases and has been associated with inflammation and immune responses. However, little is known about the role of the skin microbiome on skin aging. Here, we report that the Streptococcus species improved the skin structure and barrier function, thereby contributing to anti-aging. Metagenomic analyses showed the abundance of Streptococcus in younger individuals or those having more elastic skin. Particularly, we isolated Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus infantis, and Streptococcus thermophilus from face of young individuals. Treatment with secretions of S. pneumoniae and S. infantis induced the expression of genes associated with the formation of skin structure and the skin barrier function in human skin cells. The application of culture supernatant including Streptococcal secretions on human skin showed marked improvements on skin phenotypes such as elasticity, hydration, and desquamation. Gene Ontology analysis revealed overlaps in spermidine biosynthetic and glycogen biosynthetic processes. Streptococcus-secreted spermidine contributed to the recovery of skin structure and barrier function through the upregulation of collagen and lipid synthesis in aged cells. Overall, our data suggest the role of skin microbiome into anti-aging and clinical applications.


EpiDerm-FT (EFT-400), Skin microbiome, Spermidine, Poly I:C, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus infantis, Streptococcus thermophilus, Skin thickness, elasticity, hydration, desquamation

Materials Tested

Poly I:C, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus infantis, Streptococcus thermophilus

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