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Skin barrier

Gabor Nagy, Viktoria Baksa, Alexandra Kiss, Melinda Turani, Gaspar Banfalvi
The toxicity of gadolinium is reduced by chelating agents that render this heavy metal into contrast complexes used for medical magnetic resonance imaging. However, the dissociation of gadolinium chelates is known to generate Gd(3+) ions, the cellular toxicity of which has not been tested in details. The cytotoxic effects of Gd(III) ions were evaluated by monitoring the proliferation, measuring the cellular motility and following chromatin changes in various cell lines upon Gd(3+) treatment. Measurements applied long-term scanning microscopy and a perfusion platform that replaced the medium with test solutions, bypassed physical contact with the cell culture during experiments, and provided uninterrupted high time-resolution time-lapse photomicrography for an extended period of time...
October 22, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
E Proksch, D Dähnhardt, S Dähnhardt-Pfeiffer, R Fölster-Holst
The permeability barrier plays an important role in numerous skin diseases. Particularly well known is the importance of this barrier in eczema. In irritative-toxic contact dermatitis, the first step in the pathogenesis is the disturbance of the permeability barrier by irritative-toxic noxious substances. Only after damage to the barrier is achieved can irritants and allergens penetrate into the living epidermis. In atopic eczema due to an impaired barrier, allergens penetrate from the environment into the skin and cause or worsen the eczema...
October 21, 2016: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
Satomi Igawa, Mari Kishibe, Masako Minami-Hori, Masaru Honma, Hisashi Tsujimura, Junko Ishikawa, Tsutomu Fujimura, Masamoto Murakami, Akemi Ishida-Yamamoto
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common inflammatory skin disorder. Chronic AD lesions present hyperkeratosis, indicating a disturbed desquamation process. Kallikrein-related peptidase (KLK) 7 is a serine protease involved in the proteolysis of extracellular corneodesmosome (CD) components, including desmocollin1 and corneodesmosin (Cdsn), which leads to desquamation. KLK7 is secreted by lamellar granules, and upregulated in AD lesional skin. However, despite increased KLK7 protein levels, immunostaining and electron microscopy indicated numerous CDs remaining in the uppermost layer of the stratum corneum (SC) from AD lesions...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Giuseppe Ruggiero, Claudia Carnevale, Andrea Diociaiuti, Fabio Arcangeli, May El Hachem
BACKGROUND: Contact dermatitis can be defined as an inflammatory process affecting the skin surface and induced by contact with chemical, physical and/or biotic agents in the environment. It causes lesions to skin, mucosae and semi-mucosae by means of allergic and irritant pathogenic mechanisms. Among the main triggers of contact dermatitis in the pediatric age are chemical or physical agents, which cause irritant contact dermatitis (ICD), and sensitizers, which cause a tissue damage through an allergic mechanism (allergic contact dermatitis [ACD])...
December 2016: Minerva Pediatrica
M R Williams, T Nakatsuji, J A Sanford, A F Vrbanac, R L Gallo
Bacteria that reside on the skin can influence the behavior of the cutaneous immune system, but the mechanisms responsible for these effects are incompletely understood. Colonization of the skin by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is increased in atopic dermatitis (AD) and can result in increased severity of the disease. In this study we show that S. aureus stimulates human keratinocytes to increase their endogenous protease activity, including specific increases in trypsin activity. This increased protease activity coincided with increased expression of mRNA for kallikreins (KLKs), with KLK6, 13, and 14 showing the greatest induction after exposure to S...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
S Brubaker, K Lotherington, Jie Zhao, B Hamilton, G Rockl, A Duong, A Garibaldi, N Simunovic, D Alsop, D Dao, R Bessemer, O R Ayeni
For successful transplantation, allografts should be free of microorganisms that may cause harm to the allograft recipient. Before or during recovery and subsequent processing, tissues can become contaminated. Effective tissue recovery methods, such as minimizing recovery times (<24 h after death) and the number of experienced personnel performing recovery, are examples of factors that can affect the rate of tissue contamination at recovery. Additional factors, such as minimizing the time after asystole to recovery and the total time it takes to perform recovery, the type of recovery site, the efficacy of the skin prep performed immediately prior to recovery of tissue, and certain technical recovery procedures may also result in control of the rate of contamination...
October 19, 2016: Cell and Tissue Banking
S Saeidpour, S B Lohan, M Anske, M Unbehauen, E Fleige, R Haag, M C Meinke, R Bittl, C Teutloff
The skin and especially the stratum corneum (SC) act as a barrier and protect epidermal cells and thus the whole body against xenobiotica of the external environment. Topical skin treatment requires an efficient drug delivery system (DDS). Polymer-based nanocarriers represent novel transport vehicles for dermal application of drugs. In this study dendritic core-multishell (CMS) nanoparticles were investigated as promising candidates. CMS were loaded with a drug (analogue) and were applied to penetration studies of skin...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Dong-Lin Xia, Yan-Pei Chen, Yu-Fei Wang, Xiao-Dong Li, Ning Bao, Hong He, Hai-Ying Gu
OBJECTIVES: Diabetic patients are at increased risk of severe skin infections. Covering the wound as early as possible can prevent infection and shorten the course of treatment. In this study, the authors fabricated a waterproof and breathable composite liquid dressing (CLD) that formed a barrier to bacteria and shortened healing time of diabetic rat skin ulcers. METHODS: The CLD was prepared in a formulation that, on evaporation of the liquid carrier, acts as a waterproof, breathable coating on injured skin...
November 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Minjuan He, Amao Tang, Xuedi Ge, Jie Zheng
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether skin barrier factors were associated with the common complication of pressure ulcers (PrUs) in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. It is unclear whether skin barrier factors influence the development of PrUs. PATIENT POPULATION: The sample was composed of 102 ICU patients (54 men, 48 women). The patients ranged in age from 23 to 88 years, with a mean age of 55.7 (SD, 19.1) years. METHODS: Demographic variables and the score for the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation IV were recorded on admission...
November 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Xuying Ye, Huijuan Yin, Yu Lu, Haixia Zhang, Han Wang
We evaluated the potential utility of hydrogels for delivery of the photosensitizing agents 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and hematoporphyrin monomethyl ether (HMME) to rectal tumors. Hydrogel suppositories containing ALA or HMME were administered to the rectal cavity of BALB/c mice bearing subcutaneous tumors of SW837 rectal carcinoma cells. For comparison, ALA and HMME were also administered by three common photosensitizer delivery routes; local administration to the skin and intratumoral or intravenous injection...
October 12, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Diane J Davies, Jon R Heylings, Heather Gayes, Timothy J McCarthy, M Catherine Mack
A new in vitro model based on the electrical resistance properties of the skin barrier has been established in this laboratory. The model utilises a tape stripping procedure in dermatomed pig skin that removes a specific proportion of the stratum corneum, mimicking impaired barrier function observed in humans with damaged skin. The skin penetration and distribution of chemicals with differing physicochemical properties, namely; Benzoic acid, 3-Aminophenol, Caffeine and Sucrose has been assessed in this model...
October 14, 2016: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
Susanne Grond, Thomas O Eichmann, Sandrine Dubrac, Dagmar Kolb, Matthias Schmuth, Judith Fischer, Debra Crumrine, Peter M Elias, Guenter Haemmerle, Rudolf Zechner, Achim Lass, Franz P W Radner
Mutations in PNPLA1 (Patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing 1) have been identified as causative for autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis in humans and dogs. So far, the underlying molecular mechanisms are unknown. In this study, we generated and characterized PNPLA1-deficient mice and found that PNPLA1 is crucial for epidermal sphingolipid synthesis. The absence of functional PNPLA1 in mice impaired the generation of omega-O-acylceramides and led to an accumulation of non-esterified omega-hydroxy-ceramides...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Maria Lennerås, Georgios Tsikandylakis, Margarita Trobos, Omar Omar, Forugh Vazirisani, Anders Palmquist, Örjan Berlin, Rickard Brånemark, Peter Thomsen
The breach of the skin barrier is a critical issue associated with the treatment of individuals with transfemoral amputation (TFA) using osseointegrated, percutaneous titanium implants. Thirty TFA patients scheduled for abutment exchange or removal were consecutively enrolled. The aims were to determine the macroscopic skin signs, the presence of bacteria and the gene expression in abutment-adherent cells and to conduct correlative and comparative analyses between the different parameters. Redness and a granulation ring were present in 47% of the patients...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Chung Eui You, Seok Hoon Moon, Kwang Hoon Lee, Kyu Han Kim, Chun Wook Park, Seong Joon Seo, Sang Hyun Cho
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, complex disease that follows a chronic relapsing course and significantly affects the quality of life of patients. Skin barrier dysfunction and inflammatory processes induce and aggravate this skin condition. Proper use of an emollient for hydration is a keystone of AD treatment. Bee venom is known to have anti-inflammatory effects and has been widely used in traditional medicine to treat various inflammatory disorders. OBJECTIVE: To find out the beneficial effect of an emollient containing bee venom in the treatment of patients with AD...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Yoon Seob Kim, Kwan Ho Jeong, Jung Eun Kim, Young Jun Woo, Beom Joon Kim, Hoon Kang
BACKGROUND: Microneedle is a method that creates transdermal microchannels across the stratum corneum barrier layer of skin. No previous study showed a therapeutic effect of microneedle itself on hair growth by wounding. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of repeated microwound formed by microneedle on hair growth and hair growth-related genes in a murine model. METHODS: A disk microneedle roller was applied to each group of mice five times a week for three weeks...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Chiung-Yueh Hsu, Géraldine Gasc, Anne-Aurélie Raymond, Odile Burlet-Schiltz, Hidenari Takahara, Guy Serre, Marie-Claire Méchin, Michel Simon
Hornerin (HRNR) shares numerous features with filaggrin, a key contributor to the epidermal barrier functions. The two proteins display a related structural organization, are expressed by the granular keratinocytes as a large precursor processed by proteolysis, and are cross-linked to the cornified cell envelopes. Two main steps in the metabolism of filaggrin are its deimination and calpain-1 cleavage. Here, using ion-exchange chromatography and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of human epidermis extracts, we determined that HRNR is deiminated in vivo...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Yeongu Chung, Sung Ho Lee, Seok Keun Choi
BACKGROUND: Superficial temporal artery (STA) to middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass is associated with several surgical problems. Despite the vascular patency and hemodynamic changes after the anastomosis, wound problems can be a major surgical complication. METHODS: In a review of 41 surgical cases of STA-MCA bypass for moyamoya disease or cerebral occlusive vascular diseases, we compared the conventional ("Out-to-In") dissection method for STA (n=23) with the "In-to-Out" (ITO) dissection method (n=18) and evaluated the surgical results with respect to wound problems...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Hanna Niehues, Joost Schalkwijk, Ivonne M J J van Vlijmen-Willems, Diana Rodijk-Olthuis, Michelle M van Rossum, Ewa Wladykowski, Johanna M Brandner, Ellen H J van den Bogaard, Patrick L J M Zeeuwen
We investigated differentiation and barrier properties of epidermal equivalents derived from ichthyosis vulgaris keratinocytes that were homozygous for FLG null mutations. We found no effect on penetration of tracer molecules, compared with filaggrin proficient keratinocytes.
October 11, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Laura Jordan, Hilary E Baldwin
Stratum corneum (SC) abnormalities are associated with disease-affected skin conditions such as inflammatory acne. Current topical acne treatment options including benzoyl peroxide and retinoids can worsen the barrier dysfunctions by increasing transepidermal water loss, depleting SC vitamin E levels, and relatively decreasing SC thickness. However, strategies exist to employ these treatments in a more effective manner and lessen barrier function disruption including use of less irritating vehicles or concomitant application of moisturizers...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Donald R Hopkins, Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, Mark L Eberhard, Sharon L Roy, Adam J Weiss
Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) is caused by Dracunculus medinensis, a parasitic worm. Approximately 1 year after a person acquires infection from drinking contaminated water, the worm emerges through the skin, usually on the leg. Pain and secondary bacterial infection can cause temporary or permanent disability that disrupts work and schooling. The campaign to eradicate dracunculiasis worldwide began in 1980 at CDC. In 1986, the World Health Assembly called for dracunculiasis elimination (1), and the global Guinea Worm Eradication Program, led by the Carter Center and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), CDC, and other partners, began assisting ministries of health in countries where dracunculiasis was endemic...
October 14, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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