Pascal Descargues

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Acne rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease that affects 3% of the US population over 30 years of age and is characterized by erythema, papulopustules and telangiectasia. The etiology of this disorder is unknown, although symptoms are exacerbated by factors that trigger innate immune responses, such as the release of cathelicidin antimicrobial peptides.(More)
The presence of cathelicidin antimicrobial peptides provides an important mechanism for prevention of infection against a wide variety of microbial pathogens. The activity of cathelicidin is controlled by enzymatic processing of the proform (hCAP18 in humans) to a mature peptide (LL-37 in human neutrophils). In this study, elements important to the(More)
Mutations in SPINK5, encoding the serine protease inhibitor LEKTI, cause Netherton syndrome, a severe autosomal recessive genodermatosis. Spink5(-/-) mice faithfully replicate key features of Netherton syndrome, including altered desquamation, impaired keratinization, hair malformation and a skin barrier defect. LEKTI deficiency causes abnormal desmosome(More)
SPINK5 (serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type 5), encoding the protease inhibitor LEKTI (lympho-epithelial Kazal-type related inhibitor), is the defective gene in Netherton syndrome (NS), a severe inherited keratinizing disorder. We have recently demonstrated epidermal protease hyperactivity in Spink5(-/-) mice resulting in desmosomal protein degradation.(More)
We report the cases of 2 boys and 1 girl suffering from Netherton syndrome. Both boys presented with a non-bullous congenital erythroderma and were diagnosed early as Netherton syndrome with hair biopsies. Both had severe failure to thrive, signs of atopy, several episodes of bacterial infection, and rickets (with a high blood level of vitamin D in the(More)
The human SPINK5 gene, encoding the putative 15-domain serine protease inhibitor LEKTI, was identified as the defective gene in the severe autosomal recessive ichthyosiform skin disorder known as Netherton syndrome and as a candidate susceptibility gene for atopic disease. Here we report mapping of the murine Spink5 gene to chromosome 18 and its(More)
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