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Emanuele Cozzani, Giovanni Di Zenzo, Margherita Cioni, Sanja Javor, Marco Altieri, Luca Anselmi, Aurora Parodi
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March 16, 2018: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Hui Fang, Yang Zhang, Ning Li, Gang Wang, Zhi Liu
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune and inflammatory skin disease associated with subepidermal blistering and autoantibodies directed against the hemidesmosomal components BP180 and BP230. Animal models of BP were developed by passively transferring anti-BP180 IgG into mice, which recapitulates the key features of human BP. By using these in vivo model systems, key cellular and molecular events leading to the BP disease phenotype are identified, including binding of pathogenic IgG to its target, complement activation of the classical pathway, mast cell degranulation, and infiltration and activation of neutrophils...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Xinhua Yu, Anika Kasprick, Karin Hartmann, Frank Petersen
Skin mast cells (MCs), a resident immune cell type with broad regulatory capacity, play an important role in sensing danger signals as well as in the control of the local immune response. It is conceivable to expect that skin MCs regulate autoimmune response and are thus involved in autoimmune diseases in the skin, e.g., autoimmune bullous dermatoses (AIBD). Therefore, exploring the role of MCs in AIBD will improve our understanding of the disease pathogenesis and the search for novel therapeutic targets. Previously, in clinical studies with AIBD, particularly bullous pemphigoid, patients' samples have demonstrated that MCs are likely involved in the development of the diseases...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mayumi Kamaguchi, Hiroaki Iwata, Hideyuki Ujiie, Ken Natsuga, Wataru Nishie, Yoshimasa Kitagawa, Hiroshi Shimizu
The basement membrane zone (BMZ) consists of multiple components, including collagen XVII (COL17), which is the target of bullous pemphigoid (BP). No research has addressed the differences in BMZ components between the skin and the oral mucosa; therefore, we investigated the BMZ proteins, with a focus on COL17. The mRNA and protein expression levels of COL17 were significantly higher in oral keratinocytes (OKCs) than in skin keratinocytes (SKCs). Hemidesmosomal COL17 expression was markedly higher in OKCs than in SKCs, and its level was associated with adhesion strength...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
M Sawada, T Hida, H Ujiie, H Iwata, H Uhara
Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) and anti-p200 pemphigoid are uncommon subepidermal autoimmune bullous diseases caused by autoantibodies against the 200-kDa protein and 290-kDa type VII collagen, respectively. Here we describe a patient with autoantibodies against both 200-kDa and 290-kDa antigens.A 63-year-old-man had itchy tense blisters and edematous erythemas scattered on his trunk, buttocks, extremities and soles (Fig. 1a). There were no ocular or mucosal lesions. Psoriatic skin lesions were not observed...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Hiroshi Koga, Norito Ishii, Chika Ohata, Takekuni Nakama
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February 1, 2018: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Aniek Lamberts, H Ilona Euverman, Jorrit B Terra, Marcel F Jonkman, Barbara Horváth
Introduction: Rituximab (RTX) is a monoclonal antibody targeting CD20, a transmembrane protein expressed on B cells, causing B cell depletion. RTX has shown great efficacy in studies of pemphigus vulgaris, but data of pemphigoid diseases are limited. Objective: To assess the effectiveness and safety of RTX in pemphigoid diseases. Methods: The medical records of 28 patients with pemphigoid diseases that were treated with RTX were reviewed retrospectively...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Lina Ma, Caiyun You, Mikhail Hernandez, Arash Maleki, Andres Lasave, Alexander Schmidt, Andrew Stephenson, Thongzen Zhao, Stephen Anesi, C Stephen Foster
PURPOSE: To assess the long-term efficacy and safety of IVIg monotherapy in patients with recalcitrant ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (OCP). METHODS: A chart review of all OCP patients seen at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI) between 2005 and 2015 was completed. Stage was graded by using the Foster grading system. IVIg infusion was 2g/kg/cycle administered in 3 consecutive days monthly. RESULTS: Of 512 OCP patients, 17 patients (34 eyes) treated with IVIg monotherapy were identified...
March 8, 2018: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
N Yoshimoto, H Ujiie, M Zheng, H Iwata, H Kosumi, H Hata, H Shimizu
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is the most common subepidermal autoimmune blistering skin disease, characterized by tense bullae and urticarial erythema with a generalized distribution. BP is induced by autoantibodies to structural proteins of the basement membrane zone (BMZ) such as BP180 and BP2301 . Because the majority of BP skin shows complement deposition2 , complement activation is considered to be important for blister formation. Among IgG subclasses, IgG1 have a high ability to activate complements, whereas IgG2 and IgG4 have a low and no ability, respectively...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Sana Basseri, Thai Yen Ly, Peter R Hull
BACKGROUND: Dyshidrotic pemphigoid (DP) is a rare variant of bullous pemphigoid (BP) that affects the hands and feet and may resemble an acute vesicular eczema. While it can remain confined to hands and feet, spread that involves the entire body is described. BP and DP are associated with autoantibodies directed against hemidesmosomal proteins BP180 (collagen XVII) and BP230 (dystonin), which are transmembrane and intracellular proteins in the basement membrane zone, respectively. CASE SUMMARY: We present a case of DP in a 78-year-old woman who was diagnosed based on histopathologic and immunofluorescence findings and subsequently successfully treated...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Unni K Samavedam, Nina Mitschker, Anika Kasprick, Katja Bieber, Enno Schmidt, Tamás Laskay, Andreas Recke, S Goletz, Gestur Vidarsson, Franziska S Schulze, Mikko Armbrust, Katharina Schulze Dieckhoff, Hendri H Pas, Marcel F Jonkman, Kathrin Kalies, Detlef Zillikens, Yask Gupta, Saleh M Ibrahim, Ralf J Ludwig
Because of the morbidity and limited therapeutic options of autoimmune diseases, there is a high, and thus far, unmet medical need for development of novel treatments. Pemphigoid diseases, such as epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA), are prototypical autoimmune diseases that are caused by autoantibodies targeting structural proteins of the skin, leading to inflammation, mediated by myeloid cells. To identify novel treatment targets, we performed cutaneous genome-wide mRNA expression profiling in 190 outbred mice after EBA induction...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Yonghu Sun, Hong Liu, Zhenzhen Wang, Xi'an Fu, Chuan Wang, Zihao Mi, Lele Sun, Fangfang Bao, Gongqi Yu, Guizhi Zhou, Furen Zhang
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February 26, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Matthew Howard, Anthony Hall
Vulval lichen planus-lichen sclerosus overlap is an emerging observation. Few clinical reports exist with no reviews of literature. We present a focused update of this phenomenon and discuss a clinical case. We report a 63-year-old woman with a 20-year history of ulcerative vulvo-vaginitis, initially diagnosed as benign mucous membrane (cicatricial) pemphigoid. This led to prolonged treatment with oral corticosteroids with minimal improvement in symptoms. Subsequent complications of long-term use of systemic corticosteroid ensued...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of STD & AIDS
Chelsie Warshafsky, Victor A Tron, Deborah Robertson, Sari Kives
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February 1, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
J Bagan, Y Jiménez, J Murillo, L Bagan
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the severity of the oral lesions in low-risk oral mucous membrane pemphigoid (OMMP) measured according to the size of the bullous areas and the number of simultaneously affected oral locations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 100 cases of low-risk OMMP were studied. The symptoms and location of OMMP in the oral cavity were analyzed. The bullous areas were measured, establishing three grades according to the greatest bullous lesion size (grade 1: < 3 cm in size; grade 2: 3-6 cm; and grade 3: > 6 cm)...
March 2018: Oral Diseases
Giorgia Capocasale, Vera Panzarella, Vito Rodolico, Olga Di Fede, Giuseppina Campisi
There is currently a growing interest in new diagnostic tools of the oral cavity and mucosa which are non-invasive, repeatable and reliable. A diagnosis of a suspected, autoimmune pathology was made regarding a 57-year-old patient with desquamative gingivitis. However, a negative Nikolsky's sign did not seem to indicate a diagnosis of mucous membrane pemphigoid neither was there any indication as to the optimum location for an incisional biopsy. As an imaging method, the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) has enabled the obtaining of tomographic (cross-sectional) scans of tissue...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
Hedieh Saffari, John J Zone, Marjorie Allen, Kristin M Leiferman
BACKGROUND: Pemphigoid (herpes) gestationis (PG) is an uncommon, self-limited disease with other autoimmune associations; however, celiac disease (CD) is not recognized as one. METHODS: From 71 patients' sera submitted for herpes gestationis factor (HGF) testing over a 5-year period, 12 were consistent with PG demonstrating HGF and increased IgG BP180 antibody levels; these sera were tested for IgA and IgG endomysial antibodies (EMA), epithelial basement membrane zone and cell surface antibodies by indirect immunofluorescence, and for IgA and IgG tissue transglutaminase (transglutaminase 2 or TG2) antibodies, IgA epidermal transglutaminase (transglutaminase 3 or TG3) antibodies, IgG BP230, and IgG desmoglein 1 and desmoglein 3 antibodies by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs)...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Mayumi Kamaguchi, Hiroaki Iwata, Inkin Ujiie, Hideyuki Ujiie, Jun Sato, Yoshimasa Kitagawa, Hiroshi Shimizu
Mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) is a rare organ-specific autoimmune subepithelial blistering disease with predominantly mucosal erosions, most frequently affecting the gingiva. Erosions in the oral cavity usually result in markedly decreased quality of life. The major autoantigens are BP180 and laminin332, which are components of basement membrane proteins in the skin and mucosa. Diagnosis is usually difficult due to histological destruction of the tissue and low autoantibody titers. In this study, we evaluated the diagnostic value of direct immunofluorescence (DIF) using non-lesional buccal mucosa in seven cases of MMP...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Inês Raposo, Susana Machado, Rita Sampaio, Manuela Selores
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an immune mediated bullous disease that is manifested by urticarial plaques with superimposed subepidermal blisters and significant pruritus. It is generally found in the elderly, but is rare in the pediatric population. A 5-month-old girl previously diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease was examined in our dermatology department owing to vesicles and bullae, initially located to the hands and feet, which progressed with new lesions. Tense vesicles and bullae distributed in an annular string of pearls pattern on the abdomen and facial and cervical regions were noted...
July 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Hui Fang, Shuai Shao, Man Jiang, Erle Dang, Shengxian Shen, Jieyu Zhang, Pei Qiao, Caixia Li, Gang Wang
Bullous pemphigoid is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder characterised by the presence of autoantibodies against bullous pemphigoid autoantigens, leading to dermal-epidermal separation with consequent blister formation. However, whether and how the components of blister fluid exacerbate the progression of bullous pemphigoid is unclear. Exosomes are nanometre-sized vesicles released from cells into the body fluid, where they can transmit signals throughout the body. In the present study, we isolated and characterised exosomes from the blister fluids of patients with bullous pemphigoid, evaluated their proinflammatory role, and identified the underlying molecular mechanisms...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Pathology
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