J-M Mascaró

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Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune bullous disorder characterized by autoantibodies directed against desmoglein 3. A group of 19 pemphigus vulgaris sera were characterized by immunoblotting, immunofluorescence, immunoprecipitation, and the passive transfer mouse model. The aim of these studies was to determine the specificity of the autoantibody response(More)
The BP180 antigen, a component of the epidermal anchoring complex, has been identified as one of the major antigenic targets of autoantibodies associated with the blistering skin disease, bullous pemphigoid. Our research group has recently demonstrated that reactivity of bullous pemphigoid autoantibodies to the BP180 ectodomain is almost entirely restricted(More)
The causes of liver disease, ranging from fatty changes to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, in porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) remain unclear. We tested 100 consecutive PCT patients for antibodies to hepatitis C virus (HCV) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and a recombinant immunoblot assay. 75 (79%) patients with sporadic PCT but none of 5 with(More)
BACKGROUND Topical corticosteroids and calcipotriol have been used separately for many years to treat psoriasis. A new combination ointment has been formulated, which contains both calcipotriol and the corticosteroid betamethasone dipropionate. OBJECTIVE To compare the combination ointment with betamethasone dipropionate ointment, calcipotriol ointment(More)
PURPOSE Circulating melanoma cells can be detected in peripheral blood by means of tyrosinase mRNA amplification by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). We conducted a prospective study to evaluate the clinical significance of the presence of circulating neoplastic cells in the blood of patients with malignant melanoma (MM). METHODS A(More)
Lichen planus pemphigoides is an autoimmune subepidermal blistering disease. The finding of immunoglobulin G antibodies directed against the basement membrane zone differentiates it from bullous lichen planus. The aim of this study was to identify the target antigen of lichen planus pemphigoides autoantibodies. Sera from lichen planus pemphigoides patients(More)
BACKGROUND Prognosis of patients with bullous pemphigoid (BP) is controversial, with a 1-year mortality rate ranging from 6% to 48%. OBJECTIVE To determine the mortality rate of a large cohort of patients with BP and to identify prognostic factors associated with early mortality. METHODS Patients diagnosed with BP between January 1, 1990 and December(More)
Linear IgA disease is an autoimmune subepidermal blistering disease characterized by IgA deposits at the cutaneous basement membrane zone. IgA antibodies from linear IgA disease sera react with antigens of 97 kDa (LABD97) and 120 kDa (LAD-1), both of which appear to be fragments of the extracellular domain of bullous pemphigoid 180 (type XVII collagen). The(More)
BACKGROUND Data from an epidemic reported in Turkey (1955-1959) is the only information about the relationship between hexachlorobenzene (HCB) intake and porphyria cutanea tarda in humans. No information is available on the HCB threshold exposure level to induce porphyria cutanea tarda. OBJECTIVES To study HCB serum levels and urinary porphyrin excretion(More)
We have analyzed 12 microsatellite markers on chromosome 9p in 54 paired cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) tumors and normal tissues. Forty-six percent of the tumors, including two in situ CMMs, showed loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at 9p. Only one tumor was homozygously deleted for 9p markers. The smallest deleted region was defined by five tumors and(More)