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BACKGROUND Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) blockade using infliximab, a chimeric anti-TNFalpha antibody, is an effective treatment for both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). OBJECTIVE To analyse the early effects of infliximab treatment on serial skin and synovial tissue biopsy samples. METHODS Twelve patients with both active psoriasis(More)
The mechanisms preventing detrimental T-cell responses against commensal skin bacteria remain elusive. Using monocyte-derived and skin-derived dendritic cells (DCs), we demonstrate that epidermal Langerhans cells (LCs), the DCs in the most superficial layer of the skin, have a poor capacity to internalize bacteria because of low expression of FcγRIIa.(More)
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are inflammatory diseases that respond well to anti-tumour necrosis factor-alpha therapy. To evaluate the effects of anti-tumour necrosis factor-alpha treatment on expression of adhesion molecules and angiogenesis in psoriatic lesional skin and synovial tissue, we performed a prospective single-centre study with infliximab(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate many aspects of cellular function and their deregulation has been implicated in heart disease. MiRNA-30c is differentially expressed in the heart during the progression towards heart failure and in vitro studies hint to its importance in cellular physiology. As little is known about the in vivo function of miRNA-30c in the heart,(More)
Traditionally the evaluation of the cellular infiltrate and protein expression in skin tissue sections is done by manual quantification. However, for reliable evaluation of histology in the development of new anti-psoriatic treatments there is a need for a more time-efficient and reproducible method. To test the use of digital image analysis (DIA) in this(More)
Alefacept, a LFA-3/IgG1 fusion protein, interferes with the activation and proliferation of T cells by binding to the CD2 receptor on their surfaces. The clinical efficacy of this drug has been demonstrated in chronic plaque psoriasis. We performed a single-center, open-label study to investigate the immunohistochemical effects in psoriatic lesional skin. A(More)
BACKGROUND Lichen planus (LP) is a common inflammatory skin disease of unknown aetiology. Viral causes have been suggested. OBJECTIVES To find candidate viruses associated with LP. METHODS Lesional and nonlesional skin samples, peripheral blood mononuclear cells and serum were obtained from patients with LP. Ultrastructural, viral DNA,(More)
Type 1 cytokine producing T cells play an important role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Ultraviolet-B (UVB) irradiation is effective in the treatment of this disease. In normal skin, UVB causes a change in dermal microenvironment, leading to a decrease of IFN-gamma expressing type 1 T cells and a concurrent increase of IL-4 expressing type 2 T cells. The(More)
In this study, we report the previously unknown mechanism of inducing robust anti-melanoma immunity by the vitiligo-inducing compound monobenzone. We show monobenzone to increase melanocyte and melanoma cell immunogenicity by forming quinone-haptens to the tyrosinase protein and by inducing the release of tyrosinase- and melanoma antigen recognized by T(More)
Mycobacteria produce a capsule layer, which consists of glycan-like polysaccharides and a number of specific proteins. In this study, we show that, in slow-growing mycobacteria, the type VII secretion system ESX-5 plays a major role in the integrity and stability of the capsule. We have identified PPE10 as the ESX-5 substrate responsible for this effect.(More)