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Plaque psoriasis

Sunil Dogra, Rahul Mahajan, Tarun Narang, Sanjeev Handa
BACKGROUND: Data regarding the use of cyclosporine (CYC) in the treatment of childhood psoriasis is meager. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records of all psoriasis patients aged less than 18 years and treated with systemic CYC at our institute were retrieved. Clinical status of patients was assessed at regular intervals and response to therapy was graded as good (50-75% decrease in PASI) and excellent (>75% decrease). Laboratory investigations to detect CYC-induced toxicity were done at regular intervals...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
S E Choon, C F Ngim, S Premaa, K W Tey, M N Nalini
BACKGROUND: Limited information exists regarding paediatric psoriasis and its association with body mass index (bMI) in Asia. OBJECTIVES: to determine the clinico-epidemiological profile and to compare the bMI of children with and without psoriasis. METHODS: A case-control study of 92 children with psoriasis versus 59 with atopic eczema and 56 with non-inflammatory skin conditions. RESULTS: Psoriasis was more common in Malay and Indian children when compared to Chinese with odds ratios (Or) of 4...
August 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
K Reich, M Gooderham, L Green, A Bewley, Z Zhang, I Khanskaya, R M Day, J Goncalves, K Shah, V Piguet, J Soung
BACKGROUND: Apremilast, an oral, small-molecule phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor, has demonstrated efficacy in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate efficacy and safety of apremilast vs. placebo in biologic-naive patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and safety of switching from etanercept to apremilast in a phase IIIb, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (NCT01690299). METHODS: 250 patients were randomized to placebo (n=84), apremilast 30 mg BID (n=83) or etanercept 50 mg QW (n=83) through Week 16; thereafter, all patients continued or switched to apremilast through Week 104...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Athanasios Tragiannidis, Ioannis Kyriakidis, Ilse Zündorf, Andreas H Groll
Macromolecular immunosuppressive monoclonal antibodies and fusion proteins directed against molecules or cells involved in inflammation and immunity represent a recent and important addition to our therapeutic armamentarium. Tumor necrosis alpha (TNFα) is a cytokine involved in systemic inflammation and clinical utilization of its antagonists has revolutionized treatment of juvenile rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and plaque psoriasis. Clinical utility has also been demonstrated for use against steroid-refractory graft-vs-host disease and other immune-mediated conditions...
October 21, 2016: Mycoses
Insa Joost, Johannes Steinfurt, Philipp T Meyer, Winfried V Kern, Siegbert Rieg
BACKGROUND: Ustekinumab (Stelara®), a human monoclonal antibody targeting the p40-subunit of interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23, is indicated for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In large multicenter, prospective trials assessing efficacy and safety of ustekinumab increased rates of severe infections have not been observed so far. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report the case of a 64-year old woman presenting with chills, pain and swelling of her right foot with dark maculae at the sole, and elevated inflammatory markers...
October 20, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
E Corden, E Higgins, C Smith
A 55-year-old man with severe plaque psoriasis presented with a 2-week history of feeling generally unwell with lethargy and thirst. His symptoms had developed 6 weeks after commencement of the topical vitamin D3 analogue calcitriol. Investigations revealed hypercalcaemia and acute-on-chronic kidney injury, probably directly induced by systemic absorption of vitamin D3 following extensive topical use. Topical calcitriol had been started as a steroid-sparing agent to reduce the patient's liberal potent corticosteroid usage during anti-tumour necrosis factor-alfa therapy...
October 20, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Maddalena Napolitano, Nicola Balato, Francesco Caso, Luisa Costa, Matteo Megna, Teresa Cirillo, Anna Balato, Raffaele Scarpa
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the incidence of new cases of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in patients with plaque psoriasis receiving biologic drugs. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on 434 psoriatic patients under biologic treatment, attending the Psoriasis Care Centre of Dermatology at the University Federico II of Naples from January 2011 to November 2015. As part of the routine clinical practice, assessment of disease activity was made at baseline, and every 3 months...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Alice B Gottlieb, Andrew Blauvelt, Jörg C Prinz, Philemon Papanastasiou, Rashidkhan Pathan, Judit Nyirady, Todd Fox, Charis Papavassilis
BACKGROUND: Secukinumab, a human monoclonal antibody that selectively targets interleukin-17A, is highly efficacious in the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis, starting at early time points, with a sustained effect and a favorable safety profile. METHODS: Patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis were randomized to secukinumab 300 mg, secukinumab 150 mg, or placebo self-administered by prefilled syringe at baseline, weeks 1, 2, and 3, and then every four weeks from week 4 to 48...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Hidehisa Saeki, Hidemi Nakagawa, Ko Nakajo, Taeko Ishii, Yoji Morisaki, Takehiro Aoki, Gregory S Cameron, Olawale O Osuntokun
Psoriasis, a chronic, immune-mediated skin disease characterized by red, scaly plaques, affects approximately 0.3% of the population in Japan. The aim of this open-label study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of ixekizumab, a humanized, anti-interleukin-17A monoclonal antibody, in Japanese patients with plaque psoriasis (n = 78, including 11 psoriatic arthritis), erythrodermic psoriasis (n = 8) and generalized pustular psoriasis (n = 5). Ixekizumab was administrated s.c. at baseline (week 0, 160 mg), from weeks 2 to 12 (80 mg every 2 weeks), and from weeks 16 to 52 (80 mg every 4 weeks)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Dermatology
Anjali Jain, Sindhu Doppalapudi, Abraham J Domb, Wahid Khan
Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disorder characterized by hyper proliferation and poor differentiation of keratinocytes. It significantly affects patient's quality of life. This study reports the anti-psoriatic efficacy of tacrolimus and curcumin loaded liposphere gel formulation. Poor solubility, poor skin penetration and erratic absorption are some problems associated with the topical delivery of these drugs. To overcome these problems, lipospheres containing combination of tacrolimus and curcumin was prepared with a particle size of nearly 50nm and incorporated into a gel for topical application...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
M J van Geel, M E Otero, E M G J de Jong, P C M van de Kerkhof, M M B Seyger
BACKGROUND: The Simplified Psoriasis Index (SPI) is a three-domain assessment measure for psoriasis, including separate indicators of current severity (SPI-s), psychosocial impact (SPI-p), and past history and interventions (SPI-i). There are two complementary versions available designed for completion by a health professional (proSPI) or by patient self-assessment (saSPI). The validity and reliability of proSPI versus saSPI have already been demonstrated in adults. To date, validated severity measures for pediatric psoriasis do not exist...
October 8, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Kim A Papp, Robert Bissonnette, Melinda Gooderham, Steven R Feldman, Lars Iversen, Jennifer Soung, Zoe Draelos, Carla Mamolo, Vivek Purohit, Cunshan Wang, William C Ports
BACKGROUND: Most psoriasis patients have mild to moderate disease, commonly treated topically. Current topical agents have limited efficacy and undesirable side effects associated with long-term use. Tofacitinib is a small molecule Janus kinase inhibitor investigated for the topical treatment of psoriasis. METHODS: This was a 12-week, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, vehicle-controlled Phase 2b study of tofacitinib ointment (2 % and 1 %) applied once (QD) or twice (BID) daily in adults with mild to moderate plaque psoriasis...
October 3, 2016: BMC Dermatology
Wenkai Zong, Yiping Ge, Yue Han, Xueyuan Yang, Qi Li, Min Chen
Increasing evidences indicate that the abnormal DNA methylation is involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. A number of SNPs in HLA-DRB1 have been found being associated with the risk of psoriasis, however it is unclear that metylation status within HLA-DRB1 in psoriasis. Here, DNA and RNA were obtained from epidermis of 56 patients with plaque psoriasis and 28 healthy volunteers served as the control group. For the first time, we discovered mean methylation rate for HLA-DRB1 is 52.2%, 64.3% and 68.1% in epidermis from psoriatic lesions, psoriatic non-lesions and healthy controls, respectively...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Alice Gottlieb, John Sullivan, Martijn van Doorn, Alexey Kubanov, Ruquan You, Anne Parneix, Sophie Hugot, Marina Milutinovic
BACKGROUND: Plaque psoriasis affecting palms and soles is disabling and often resistant to treatment. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the efficacy and safety of secukinumab, an anti-interleukin 17A antibody, in subjects with palmoplantar psoriasis. METHODS: In this double-blinded, randomized controlled trial, 205 subjects were randomized 1:1:1 to secukinumab 300 mg, 150 mg, or placebo. The primary endpoint was Palmoplantar Investigator's Global Assessment (ppIGA) 0 (clear) or 1 (almost clear/minimal) response at week 16...
October 1, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Porfirio Toscano, Paolo Chiodini, Orsola Ametrano, Elvira Moscarella
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is one of the most common inflammatory skin diseases. There seem to be an increasing interest in childhood psoriasis in recent years. METHODS: We conducted a survey among pediatricians in Italy. 50 pediatricians from different areas in Italy (north, center and south) were invited to participate, 37 were responding and active in data collection. Doctors were asked to review their databases and to fill a form providing a series of information about all patients diagnosed with psoriasis attending their ambulatory...
October 5, 2016: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
Agnieszka Owczarczyk-Saczonek, Waldemar Placek
Psoriasis is a systemic disease with numerous concomitant metabolic disorders. Apparently, T-helper 17 lymphocytes and interleukin (IL)-17 constitute an important element linking those disorders. The role of IL-17 has been confirmed by numerous studies, although it remains not completely understood, and the study results are controversial. Based on the studies performed so far, it is assumed that IL-17 contributes to development of atherosclerosis by means of: stimulation of production of proinflammatory compounds; induction of apoptosis of endothelial cells and heart muscle cells; stimulation of von Willebrand factor production; and induction of the matrix metalloproteinase-9 (atherosclerotic plaque rupture)...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Dermatology
Steven R Feldman, Diamant Thaçi, Melinda Gooderham, Matthias Augustin, Claudia de la Cruz, Lotus Mallbris, Marjorie Buonanno, Svitlana Tatulych, Mandeep Kaur, Shuping Lan, Hernan Valdez, Carla Mamolo
BACKGROUND: Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor that improves clinical measures of psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess patient-reported outcomes in tofacitinib-treated patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis over 52 weeks. METHODS: In 2 identical, phase III studies (Oral treatment for Psoriasis Trial Pivotal 1 [NCT01276639], n = 901, and Pivotal 2 [NCT01309737], n = 960), patients were randomized 2:2:1 to receive 5 or 10 mg of tofacitinib or placebo, twice daily...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Trang T Vu H, Melinda Gooderham, Kim Papp
The interleukin (IL)-17 family of cytokines has emerged as an important pro-inflammatory mediator of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Ixekizumab is an IL17A inhibitor that has been approved for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis. Phase III studies of ixekizumab in treating of PsA demonstrated promise by minimizing disease severity and progression. Areas covered: This review focuses on the biologic properties, pharmacokinetics and key clinical trial results that demonstrated the safety and efficacy of ixekizumab in treating psoriatic disease...
October 3, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
Paolo Gisondi, Giampiero Girolomoni
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and evaluate renal function in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis treated with etanercept (an anti-tumour necrosis factor-α drug). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis. Kidney function was evaluated using estimated glomerular filtration rate (EGFR). RESULTS: The prevalence of CKD at baseline was 3...
September 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Clara De Simone, Francesca Perino, Giacomo Caldarola, Magda D'Agostino, Ketty Peris
Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α blocking agents have revolutionized the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Concerns remain about increased susceptibility to infection and onset of malignancies, and the use of TNF-α agents in patients with HIV infection or undergoing immunosuppressant treatment is debated. We report cases of severe plaque psoriasis in a patient with HIV infection and in a liver transplant recipient who were successfully treated with etanercept, an anti-TNF-α agent, without notable side-effects...
September 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
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