Learn More
BACKGROUND Pemphigus is an autoimmune bullous disease characterized by the presence of antidesmoglein autoantibodies. However, the mechanism of its autoantibody production remains unknown. In previous reports, we have described rare cases of pemphigus and pemphigoid associated with silicosis. It is well known that during long-term silicosis, some autoimmune(More)
A 47-year-old woman visited a clinic with dyspnea which had continued for two months and was followed by general fatigue and fever. Antibiotics were not effective. Edematous erythema occurred on her face, elbows, knees and feet, and she entered our hospital. A skin biopsy revealed interface dermatitis with severe edema and mucinosis in dermis. Diffuse(More)
Decrease in CD4+CD45RA+ lymphocytes in peripheral blood of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients has been reported. In this study, mononuclear cells were separated from peripheral blood of SLE patients, and the CD4+CD45RA+ cells were counted by flow cytometry just after separation and also 1 week after incubation in vitro. Furthermore, healthy(More)
Keratinocytes synthesize and secrete urokinase-type plasminogen activator, which binds to its specific receptor on keratinocytes. When bound to urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor, urokinase-type plasminogen activator proteolytically converts surface bound plasminogen to plasmin, which in turn cleaves many extracellular components leading to(More)
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) has never before been reported to associate with silicosis, although there are numerous reports of silicosis accompanied by different autoimmune diseases, such as systemic sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis or rheumatoid arthritis. We report on a 63-year-old Japanese patient with silicosis who developed tensed(More)
  • 1