Lynne Morrison

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BACKGROUND Preliminary studies indicate that topically applied immune response modifiers may be an effective and safe method of treating actinic keratoses (AKs). OBJECTIVE Our aim was to study the potential efficacy of topical 5% imiquimod cream in the treatment of facial or scalp AKs and improve the safety profile by using a novel "cycle" dosing regimen.(More)
Three patients with refractory pemphigus vulgaris improved after rituximab, an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody directed against B cells. Treatment was well tolerated immediately, but one patient developed fatal pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Serious infections have occurred in several pemphigus patients treated with rituximab and immunosuppressive(More)
Erosive oral lichen planus is a chronic, painful disease that is frequently refractory to treatment. We describe 6 patients with erosive oral lichen planus, not responsive to topical steroids, who showed substantial improvement with the use of topical tacrolimus ointment 0.1%. This medication was well tolerated and appears to be effective in controlling(More)
Herpes gestationis (HG) is a putative autoimmune bullous dermatosis of pregnancy which shares many findings with bullous pemphigoid (BP), a disease of the elderly. This study identifies for the first time the antigen detected by HG autoantibodies and compares it with that recognized by BP autoantibodies. Sera from 16 HG and 17 BP patients, and from normal(More)
Herpes gestationis is a rare, self limited bullous disease of pregnancy and the post-partum period with a presumed autoimmune basis. It is characterized clinically by pruritic, urticarial and vesiculobullous lesions, histologically by subepidermal vesicle formation, and immunopathologically by deposition of immunoreactants along the basement membrane zone.(More)
INTRODUCTION Sézary syndrome is one of the most common forms of cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL). It is characterized by skin infiltration of malignant T cells. We examined interleukin-16, a potent T cell chemoattractant and cell-cycle regulator, as a prospective marker of disease onset and stage. METHODS The correlation of total intracellular(More)
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) and cicatricial pemphigoid are blistering mucocutaneous diseases characterized by detachment of the overlying epithelium from its stroma. IgG and complement components are deposited in all affected tissue at the level of blister formation--through the lamina lucida of the epithelium. The primary antibody response is of the IgG 4(More)
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) antibodies are deposited predominantly in the lamina lucida in vivo; however, circulating BP antibodies bind in vitro to the cytoplasmic plaque of basal cell hemidesmosomes. We examined the ability of IgG in nine BP sera to bind to intracellular or extracellular antigen. On skin cryosections, indirect IF showed IgG bound to basement(More)
BACKGROUND Many complications have been reported after orf infection, including lymphadenopathy, secondary bacterial infection, and erythema multiforme. Rare associations with papulovesicular eruptions, including a bullous pemphigoid-like eruption, have also been described. OBJECTIVES Our purpose was to clinically, histologically, and immunologically(More)