Katja Hardt-Weinelt

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Ultraviolet-A radiation represents a significant proportion of the ultraviolet solar spectrum that was recently shown to affect gene expression of epidermal keratinocytes by molecular mechanisms distinct from ultraviolet-B radiation. As ultraviolet-A either alone or in combination with ultraviolet-B may contribute to photocarcinogenesis, we aimed to explore(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR) are members of a nuclear receptor superfamily, which were initially described in the context of fatty acid degradation and adipocyte differentiation. In this study we tested the hypothesis that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor activation also controls inflammation. In an in vitro model with human(More)
Despite the availability of a wide spectrum of antipsoriatic therapies there is a constant demand for optimizing patient management. The development of new drugs can be accelerated considerably for indications where suitable animal models are available for drug testing beyond the needs of toxicology and pharmacokinetics. Although there are numerous animal(More)
Pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid (BP) are blistering skin diseases associated with IgG autoantibodies to desmosomal and hemidesmosomal components. When autoantibodies to desmogleins 1 and 3 from patients with pemphigus foliaceus (PF) and pemphigus vulgaris (PV) or rabbit antibodies against the murine hemidesmosomal component BP180 are passively transferred(More)
Psoriasis is a T-cell-mediated immune dermatosis probably triggered by bacterial superantigens. This pathomechanism has been experimentally reproduced in a SCID-hu xenogeneic transplantation model. We analyzed the effects of different bacterial superantigens on the induction of psoriasis in this model. Staphylococcal enterotoxin B and exfoliative toxin(More)
AIMS Photochemotherapy employing psoralens combined with UVA irradiation (PUVA) is a standard therapy for a variety of dermatoses. Psoralens can be administered orally or topically in the form of bath or cream preparations. Recommendations for the time of UVA irradiation are mainly based on the time course of minimal phototoxic doses. However, the time(More)
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