Marek Haftek

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Little is known about the process leading to desquamation in cornified epithelia. We describe late differentiation antigens (Ag) specific for human cornified squamous epithelia, defined by two murine monoclonal antibodies (MoAb), G36-19 and B17-21, produced after immunization with plantar stratum corneum (SC). Histologically, in epidermis both Ag are(More)
Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant potential and activity in the collagen biosynthetic pathway. Photoprotective properties of topically applied vitamin C have also been demonstrated, placing this molecule as a potential candidate for use in the prevention and treatment of skin ageing. A topically applied cream containing 5% vitamin C and its excipient(More)
Canine atopic dermatitis (AD) is characterized ultrastructurally by disorganization of the lamellar lipids (LLs) in the stratum corneum (SC), similar to that seen in the human disease. This study, based on the examination of biopsy samples, was designed to investigate the expression of canine epidermal lipids and to evaluate quantitatively, by means of(More)
The skin is an indispensable barrier which protects the body from the uncontrolled loss of water and solutes as well as from chemical and physical assaults and the invasion of pathogens. In recent years several studies have suggested an important role of intercellular junctions for the barrier function of the epidermis. In this review we summarize our(More)
At birth, neonatal stratum corneum (SC) pH is close to neutral but acidifies with maturation, which can be ascribed, in part, to secretory phospholipase A(2) and sodium/hydrogen antiporter 1 (NHE1) activities. Here we assessed the functional consequences of a neutral SC pH in a newborn rat model. While basal transepidermal water loss rates are near normal,(More)
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a cofactor required for the function of several hydroxylases and monooxygenases. It is not synthesized in humans and some other animal species and has to be provided by diet or pharmacologic means. Its absence is responsible for scurvy, a condition related in its initial phases to a defective synthesis of collagen by the reduced(More)
The distribution of thymus-derived (T) and bone marrow-derived (B) lymphocytes in 100 patients with psoriasis were studied by the rosetting techniques. Depression of the number of T lymphocytes forming spontaneous rosettes with sheep erythrocytes (E rosettes) occurred in 66% of patients, whereas no difference in B lymphocytes bearing C3 receptor (EAC(More)
Several tight junction (TJ) proteins were detected in the living layers of adult human epidermis, and TJ-like membrane ridges were observed at the top of the stratum granulosum (SG) in freeze-fracture studies. We applied standard and immunoelectron microscopy to look for TJ-derived structures in the stratum corneum (SC) of human adult epidermis and in(More)
124 normal and psoriatic human skin grafts were performed on congenitally athymic nude mice. 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 days after grafting, histological and immunochemical studies (using bullous pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris and anti 67 K keratin polypeptide immune sera) were performed. The preservation of certain immunological identities of grafted skin, at(More)
Investigations were performed in 6 cases of epidermodysplasia verruciformis and 2 healthy family members. Nonspecific cell-mediated immunity (CMI) was studied by measuring response to phytohemagglutinin (PHA) and concanavalin A (Con A), percentrages of E- and EAC-rosette-forming lymphocytes, bacterial skin tests, and allergic reactions to(More)