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  • 1.
    Carlström, Maria
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Petersson, Stina
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Dermatology and Venerology in Östergötland. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology.
    Lack of Evidence for Association of VEGF Polymorphisms in Swedish Patients with Psoriasis2012In: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, ISSN 0022-202X, E-ISSN 1523-1747, Vol. 132, no 5, p. 1510-1513Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 2.
    Carlström, Maria
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Petersson, Stina
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Söderkvist, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Dermatology and Venerology in Östergötland. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology.
    Genetic support for the role of the NLRP3 inflammasome in psoriasis susceptibility2012In: Experimental dermatology, ISSN 0906-6705, E-ISSN 1600-0625, Vol. 21, no 12, p. 932-937Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    NACHT leucine-rich repeat- and PYD-containing (NLRP)3 protein controls the inflammasome by regulating caspase-1 activity and interleukin (IL)-1 beta processing. The contribution of IL-1 beta in the pathogenesis of psoriasis is well recognized. Polymorphisms in NLRP3 and caspase recruitment domaincontaining protein (CARD)8, a negative regulator of caspase-1 activity, have been associated with susceptibility to common inflammatory diseases, such as Crohns disease and rheumatoid arthritis. To investigate the role for genetic variants in the NLRP3 inflammasome in psoriasis susceptibility. In a patient sample comprising 1988 individuals from 491 families and 1002 healthy controls, genotypes for four selected single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in NLRP3 (three SNPs) and CARD8 (one SNP) were determined by TaqMan (R) Allelic Discrimination. Using the transmission disequilibrium test (TDT), a significant increase in the transmission of the NLRP3 rs10733113G genotype to a subgroup of patients with more widespread psoriasis was demonstrated (P = 0.015). Using logistic regression analysis in 741 patients with psoriasis and 1002 controls, the CARD8 rs2043211 genotype was significantly different in cases and controls in overall terms [OR 1.3 (1.11.5), P = 0.004] and for both genders. Our data support the hypothesis that the inflammasome plays a role in psoriasis susceptibility.

  • 3.
    Carlström, Maria
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Söderkvist, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Dermatology and Venerology in Östergötland. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology.
    Genetic support for a role for the inflammasome in psoriasis in BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol 165, issue 6, pp E2-E22011In: BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, Wiley-Blackwell , 2011, Vol. 165, no 6, p. E2-E2Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 4.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Bivik Eding, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Rundquist, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    IL-17 and IL-22 Promote Keratinocyte Stemness in the Germinative Compartment in Psoriasis2019In: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, ISSN 0022-202X, E-ISSN 1523-1747, Vol. 139, no 7, p. 1564-+Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disorder characterized by the hyperproliferation of basal epidermal cells. It is regarded as T-cell mediated, but the role of keratinocytes (KCs) in the disease pathogenesis has reemerged, with genetic studies identifying KC-associated genes. We applied flow cytometry on KCs from lesional and nonlesional epidermis to characterize the phenotype in the germinative compartment in psoriasis, and we observed an overall increase in the stemness markers CD29 (2.4-fold), CD44 (2.9-fold), CD49f (2.8-fold), and p63 (1.4-fold). We found a reduced percentage of cells positive for the early differentiation marker cytokeratin 10 and a greater fraction of CD29(+) and involucrin thorn cells in the psoriasis KCs than in nonlesional KCs. The up-regulation of stemness markers was more pronounced in the K10(+) cells. Furthermore, the psoriasis cells were smaller, indicating increased proliferation. Treatment with IL-17 and IL-22 induced a similar expression pattern of an up-regulation of p63, CD44, and CD29 in normal KCs and increased the colony-forming efficiency and long-term proliferative capacity, reflecting increased stem cell-like characteristics in the KC population. These data suggest that IL-17 and IL-22 link the inflammatory response to the immature differentiation and epithelial regeneration by acting directly on KCs to promote cell stemness.

  • 5.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology. Ingrid Asp Psoriasis Research Center.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology. Ingrid Asp Psoriasis Research Center.
    Lack of preclinical support for the efficacy of histone deacetylase inhibitors in the treatment of psoriasis.2016In: British Journal of Dermatology, ISSN 0007-0963, E-ISSN 1365-2133, Vol. 174, no 2, p. 424-426Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Sigurdardottir, G
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlström, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kartul, N
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Jenmalm, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Dermatology and Venerology in Östergötland. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology.
    Systemically elevated Th1-, Th2-and Th17-associated chemokines in psoriasis in JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE DERMATOLOGY, vol 132, issue , pp S28-S282012In: JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE DERMATOLOGY, Nature Publishing Group , 2012, Vol. 132, p. S28-S28Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 7.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Sigurdardottir, Gunnthorunn
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlström, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kartul, Natalja
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Jenmalm, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Systemically elevated Th1-, Th2- and Th17-associated chemokines in psoriasis vulgaris before and after ultraviolet B treatment2013In: Acta Dermato-Venereologica, ISSN 0001-5555, E-ISSN 1651-2057, Vol. 93, no 5, p. 527-531Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chemokines may contribute to the systemic inflammation that is linked to the increased risk of co-morbidities in patients with psoriasis. The aim of this study was to investigate circulating chemokines in patients with psoriasis and their relationship to disease severity. Analysis of plasma levels of chemokines in patients with psoriasis before narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB) therapy revealed increased expression of Th1-associated CXCL9 and -10, Th2-associated CCL17 and CCL22, and Th17-associated CCL20. CCL20 correlated with disease severity. UVB therapy reduced skin symptoms, but did not affect the chemokine levels in plasma. Anti-CD3 and anti-CD28-mediated activation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) caused a higher secretion of Th2 cytokine interleukin (IL)-13 by PBMCs from patients with psoriasis than from healthy controls. The sustained high expression of inflammatory chemokines is a potential link to systemic inflammation in psoriasis. UVB therapy may be a more effective treatment of local rather than systemic inflammation.

  • 8.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Vegfors, Jenny
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Bivik, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Overexpression of Psoriasin (S100A7) Contributes to Dysregulated Differentiation in Psoriasis.2017In: Acta Dermato-Venereologica, ISSN 0001-5555, E-ISSN 1651-2057, Vol. 97, no 4, p. 441-448Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Psoriasin, which is highly expressed in psoriasis, is encoded by a gene located within the epidermal differentiation complex. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of endogenous psoriasin on disturbed keratinocyte differentiation in psoriasis. Immunohistochemical staining revealed a gradient of psoriasin expression in the psoriatic epidermis with highest expression in the suprabasal, differentiated layers. Induction of keratinocyte differentiation caused concurrent expression of psoriasin and the differentiation marker involucrin. The differentiation-induced psoriasin expression was found to be mediated by the protein kinase C pathway. The downregulation of psoriasin expression by small interfering RNA revealed that psoriasin mediates the expression of involucrin, desmoglein 1, transglutaminase 1 and CD24 in normal differentiation. The lentivirus-mediated overexpression of psoriasin, mimicking the psoriatic milieu, gave rise to an altered regulation of differentiation genes and an expression pattern reminiscent of that in psoriatic epidermis. These findings suggest that psoriasin contributes to the dysregulated differentiation process in the psoriasis epidermis.

  • 9.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Verma, Deepti
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine.
    Fredrikson, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bivik, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Genetic variations of NLRP1: susceptibility in psoriasis2014In: British Journal of Dermatology, ISSN 0007-0963, E-ISSN 1365-2133, Vol. 171, no 6, p. 1517-1520Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: NACHT, LRR and PYD domain-containing protein (NLRP)1 is part of the inflammasome multiprotein complex involved in the production of interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18, two cytokines strongly implicated in psoriasis pathogenesis. Genetic variations in NLRP1 are associated with a predisposition for chronic inflammatory conditions.

    OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the role of genetic variation in the NLRP1 inflammasome in psoriasis susceptibility.

    MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four haplotype-tagging single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs6502867, rs8079034, rs878329 and rs12150220) were investigated by TaqMan allelic discrimination in a patient sample comprising 1847 individuals from 478 families and 802 healthy controls.

    RESULTS: Using the transmission disequilibrium test, a significant increase in the transmission of the NLRP1 rs8079034C and rs878329C alleles to patients with psoriasis was demonstrated (P = 0·006 and P = 0·033, respectively). Furthermore, homozygosity for the rs878329C allele correlated with a younger age of onset. We also observed an increase in the expression of NLRP1 mRNA in the peripheral blood cells of patients with psoriasis. This was accompanied by a higher level of circulating IL-18 and appeared to be associated with the rs878329C allele.

    CONCLUSIONS: Our data support the involvement of NLRP1 and the NLRP1 inflammasome in psoriasis susceptibility and further support the role of innate immunity in psoriasis.

  • 10.
    Sigurdardottir, Gunnthorunn
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ståhle, Mona
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm .
    Bivik, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Systemic treatment and narrowband ultraviolet B differentially affect cardiovascular risk markers in psoriasis.2014In: The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, ISSN 0190-9622, E-ISSN 1097-6787, Vol. 70, no 6, p. 1067-1075Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is associated with a systemic inflammation and an increased frequency of the metabolic syndrome, both of which are believed to link psoriasis to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

    OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the systemic expression of markers of cardiovascular risk and determine their response to ultraviolet B therapy and treatment with the tumor necrosis factor-alfa inhibitor, etanercept.

    METHODS: Six markers of cardiovascular risk were measured in 28 patients with psoriasis and 28 control subjects.

    RESULTS: Five of the 6 investigated markers were elevated in patients with psoriasis. Four of these correlated to the body mass index and waist-hip ratio, suggesting a link to the metabolic syndrome. Total plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 remained elevated independently of these factors. The levels of the investigated risk markers decreased considerably after tumor necrosis factor-alfa inhibitor treatment but remained unaffected by ultraviolet therapy.

    LIMITATIONS: A relatively limited study population and nonrandomization are limitations.

    CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that the choice of treatment in psoriasis may influence the cardiovascular risk in patients with psoriasis and the metabolic syndrome.

  • 11.
    Sigurdardottir, Gunnthorunn
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Verma, Deepti
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Decreased Systemic Levels of Endocan-1 and CXCL16 in Psoriasis Are Restored following Narrowband UVB Treatment.2018In: Dermatology, ISSN 1018-8665, E-ISSN 1421-9832, Vol. 234, no 5-6, p. 173-179Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: In psoriasis, a common immune-mediated disease affecting 2-3% of the population worldwide, there is an increased prevalence of extracutaneous diseases including obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. This is believed to be linked to systemic inflammation. In previous studies, we have explored various markers in plasma and serum to characterize the ongoing systemic inflammation in psoriasis patients compared to controls. We have identified several markers that were altered in psoriasis patients, but which all were unresponsive to narrowband UVB (NB-UVB) treatment.

    OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of NB-UVB treatment on markers of cardiovascular risk and systemic inflammation in psoriasis.

    METHODS: The levels of 17 potential biomarkers with an association with cardiovascular risk were quantitated in plasma from 37 age- and gender-matched psoriasis patients and controls at baseline and in 21 psoriasis patients after 12 weeks of NB-UVB treatment to identify a systemic treatment response.

    RESULTS: We identified the mediators endocan-1, CXCL16, and sVEGFR1, which were systemically decreased in psoriasis at baseline, as well as FABP3, FABP4, and sIL-1R1, which showed normal baseline levels. After 10-12 weeks of NB-UVB treatment, endocan-1 and CXCL16 were restored to normal levels, while sVEGFR1, FABP3, FABP4, and sIL-1R1 showed a significant reduction.

    CONCLUSION: The current study expands the number of potential biomarkers in psoriasis by including a greater number and variety of mediators, approaching the systemic inflammation from additional vantage points, including soluble immune receptors and adipocyte contribution, to provide a more complete picture of the systemic inflammatory state in psoriasis.

  • 12.
    Vegfors, J
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Verma, Deepti
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Dermatology and Venerology in Östergötland. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology.
    Psoriasin (S100A7) promote VEGF expression and angiogenesis in psoriasis in JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE DERMATOLOGY, vol 132, issue , pp S10-S102012In: JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE DERMATOLOGY, Nature Publishing Group , 2012, Vol. 132, p. S10-S10Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 13.
    Vegfors, Jenny
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bivik, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Psoriasin (S100A7) contributes to stress-induced angiogenesis in psoriasis by the regulation of angiogenic factors in keratinocytes and promotion of angiogenic properties of dermal endothelial cells2014Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The S100 protein psoriasin, S100A7, is highly expressed in psoriasis. Vascular modifications occur early in the development of psoriasis and angiogenesis is one of the key features in the pathogenesis of the disease. This study aims to define the angiogenic properties of psoriasin in keratinocytes and to investigate the effects on dermal endothelial cells, thereby promoting angiogenesis in psoriasis. We showed that psoriasin expression, demonstrated by qPCR, is induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in keratinocytes and by cellular stress, such as hypoxia and cobalt chloride (CoCl2). Down-regulation of psoriasin, by siRNA, decreased the H2O2-induced expression of VEGF, heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HB-EGF) and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, and counteracted the reduction of the anti-angiogenic factor thrombospondin (THBS)-1. Extracellularly psoriasin was found to induce cell proliferation, migration and tube formation to a similar degree as VEGF and to induce the pro-angiogenic factors VEGF and IL-8 in dermal endothelial cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated that psoriasin-induced migration was mediated by the phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) and nuclear factor-kappa beta (NF-κB) signaling pathways. In conclusion, psoriasin is induced by cellular stress conditions and amplifies H2O2-induced expression of angiogenic factors relevant for psoriasis in keratinocytes. Moreover, psoriasin contributes to key features of the angiogenic process by inducing proliferation, migration and tube formation and increasing pro-angiogenic factors in dermal endothelial cell. Altogether, our data suggest that psoriasin is promoted by oxidative stress and mediate angiogenesis in psoriasis.

  • 14.
    Vegfors, Jenny
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Bivik, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Psoriasin (S100A7) is regulated by protein kinase C (PKC) and contributes to keratinocyte differentiation by regulating the expression of epidermal differentiation markers2014Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that is characterized by hyperproliferation and a disturbed maturation of the epidermal cells. The differentiation process of keratinocytes in active psoriatic lesions differs from that of normal epidermis, denoted by an altered expression of differentiation markers. Psoriasin, a protein which is highly expressed in psoriasis, is located within the epidermal differentiation complex (EDC), a gene cluster that contains several genes that are important in the terminal differentiation of the human epidermis. The potential role of psoriasin in keratinocyte differentiation remain however unclear. The aim of this present study was to investigate the possible involvement of psoriasin in keratinocyte differentiation. We demonstrated, by immunohistochemical staining, a gradient of psoriasin expression in the psoriatic epidermis, from an undefined or weak expression in the basal layer to an intense expression in the suprabasal differentiated layers. The expression of psoriasin was up-regulated in cultured keratinocytes in response to stimuli known to induce differentiation, such as an elevation of extracellular calcium or  12-Otetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA). Down-regulation of psoriasin expression, by siRNA, resulted in decreased expression of the differentiation markers involucrin, desmoglein 1, transglutaminase 1 and CD24. Inhibition of protein kinase C (PKC) counteracted the calciuminduced expression of psoriasin and involucrin. In summary, our data demonstrate that psoriasin is regulated by the PKC signaling pathway and contributes to keratinocyte differentiation by the regulation of differentiation markers.

  • 15.
    Vegfors, Jenny
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Stoll, S W
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.
    Bivik Eding, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Psoriasin (S100A7) promotes stress-induced angiogenesis.2016In: British Journal of Dermatology, ISSN 0007-0963, E-ISSN 1365-2133, Vol. 175, no 6, p. 1263-1273Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Vascular modifications occur early in the development of psoriasis, and angiogenesis is one of the key features in the pathogenesis of the disease.

    OBJECTIVES: To identify the role of the S100 protein psoriasin in psoriasis-associated angiogenesis.

    METHODS: The role of psoriasin in mediating angiogenesis was investigated by silencing psoriasin with small interfering RNA (siRNA) and measuring psoriasis-associated angiogenic factors in human epidermal keratinocytes. The secretion of psoriasin and the effect of psoriasin on general regulators of angiogenesis in keratinocytes, and on endothelial cell migration, proliferation, tube formation and production of angiogenic mediators, was evaluated.

    RESULTS: Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and hypoxia induced the expression of psoriasin. Downregulation of psoriasin in keratinocytes using siRNA altered the ROS-induced expression of the psoriasis-associated angiogenic factors vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor, matrix metalloproteinase 1 and thrombospondin 1. Overexpression of psoriasin altered several regulators of angiogenesis and led to the secretion of psoriasin. Treatment with extracellular psoriasin induced proliferation, migration and tube formation in dermal-derived endothelial cells to a similar extent as VEGF and interleukin-17, and induced the expression and release of proangiogenic mediators. These effects were suggested to be mediated by the PI3K and nuclear factor kappa B pathways.

    CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that psoriasin expression is promoted by oxidative stress in keratinocytes and amplifies the ROS-induced expression of angiogenic factors relevant to psoriasis. Moreover, extracellularly secreted psoriasin may act on dermal endothelial cells to contribute to key features angiogenesis.

  • 16.
    Verma, Deepti
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Ekman, Anna-Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Bivik Eding, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Enerbäck, Charlotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Dermatology and Venerology.
    Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Profiling Identifies Differential Methylation in Uninvolved Psoriatic Epidermis2018In: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, ISSN 0022-202X, E-ISSN 1523-1747, Vol. 138, no 5, p. 1088-1093Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with both local and systemic components. Genome-wide approaches have identified more than 60 psoriasis-susceptibility loci, but genes are estimated to explain only one-third of the heritability in psoriasis, suggesting additional, yet unidentified, sources of heritability. Epigenetic modifications have been linked to psoriasis and altered DNA methylation patterns in psoriatic versus healthy skin have been reported in whole-skin biopsies. In this study, focusing on epigenetic modifications in the psoriatic uninvolved skin, we compared the lesional and non-lesional epidermis from psoriasis patients with epidermis from healthy controls. We performed an exhaustive genome-wide DNA methylation profiling using reduced representation bisulfite sequencing, which interrogates the methylation status of approximately 3-4 million CpG sites. More than 2,000 strongly differentially methylated sites were identified and a striking overrepresentation of the Wnt and cadherin pathways among the differentially methylated sites was found. In particular, we observe a strong differential methylation in several psoriasis candidate genes. A substantial number of differentially methylated sites present in the uninvolved versus healthy epidermis suggests the presence of a pre-psoriatic state in the clinically healthy skin type. Our exploratory study represents a starting point for identifying biomarkers for psoriasis-prone skin before disease onset.

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