Pemphigus & Pemphigoid
- Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoantibody-mediated blistering disease that is often associated with neurologic disease. BP antibodies target two epidermal adhesion molecules, known as BP180 and BP230. Homologues to these proteins are found in the brain, and it is hypothesized that neurologic disease leads to the production of autoantibodies that can cross-react with their cutaneous forms. To better understand the link between BP and neurologic disease, we evaluated primary demographic features (age, sex, race, ethnicity, and elapsed time between onset of skin symptoms and BP diagnosis), severity of BP, and IgG and IgE autoantibody levels in BP control individuals and patients with BP with preceding Parkinson disease, dementia, and stroke.
- Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors have been suspected to induce bullous pemphigoid (BP). The objective of this study was to compare the observed frequency of gliptin intake in a large sample of 1,787 BP patients diagnosed between 2012 and 2015 in France, with the expected frequency after indirect age standardization on 225,412 individuals extracted from the database of the National Healthcare Insurance Agency. The secondary objective was to assess the clinical characteristics and the course of gliptin-associated BP, depending on whether gliptin was continued or stopped.
- Bullous pemphigoid (BP) and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) are autoimmune bullous skin diseases. DH has been described to evolve into BP and the two diseases can have overlapping clinical appearances and diagnostic findings, but the association between DH and BP has not previously been studied in a large population. To evaluate DH and celiac disease as risk factors for BP, we conducted a retrospective case-control study of patients with BP and matched controls with basal cell carcinoma diagnosed in Finland between 1997 and 2013.
- Neurologic patients have an increased risk for bullous pemphigoid (BP), in which autoantibodies target BP180, a cutaneous basement membrane protein also expressed in the brain. Here we show that 53.6% of sera from patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) (n = 56) had IgG reactivity against full-length BP180 in immunoblotting, while in BP180 non-collagenous 16A ELISA (n = 143), only 7.7% of MS samples studied were positive. Epitope mapping with 13 fusion proteins covering the entire BP180 polypeptide revealed that in MS and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients, IgG autoantibodies target regions located in the intracellular and mid-extracellular parts of BP180, but not the well-known BP epitopes located in the non-collagenous 16A domain and the distal part of extracellular domain.
- Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is a subepidermal autoimmune blistering disease caused by autoantibodies targeting the juxtamembranous extracellular noncollagenous 16A (NC16A) domain of human collagen XVII (also known as BP180). Because T-helper (Th) cells are essential for antibody responses to antigens, we adopted an assay to map the immunodominant Th2-cell epitopes in NC16A. We synthesized 22 overlapping peptides spanning the entire sequence of BP180-NC16A and investigated the reactivity of Th2 cells from patients with BP to these peptides using the Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSpot (ELISPOT) assay.
- Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune blistering disease characterized by autoantibodies to COL17. Currently, systemic corticosteroids are used as first-line treatments for BP; alternatively, intravenous administration of high-dose IgG (IVIG) has been shown to be effective for patients with steroid-resistant BP in clinical practice. However, the effect of IVIG on BP has not fully been investigated. To examine the effects and mechanisms of action of IVIG against BP, we performed IVIG experiments using two experimental BP mouse models.
- Eosinophils are typically associated with unique inflammatory settings, including allergic inflammation and helminth infections. However, new information suggests that eosinophils contribute more broadly to inflammatory responses and participate in local immune regulation and the tissue remodeling/repair events linked with a variety of diseases. Eosinophilic infiltration has long been a histologic hallmark of bullous pemphigoid (BP), a subepidermal autoimmune blistering disease characterized by autoantibodies directed against basement membrane protein BP180.