- Psoriasis patients experience chronic systemic skin inflammation and develop cardiovascular comorbidities that shorten their lifespan. Whether cardiovascular disease is improved by treatment with current biologics that target disease-specific pathways is unclear. KC-Tie2 mice develop psoriasiform skin inflammation with increases in IL-23 and IL-17A and proinflammatory monocytosis and neutrophilia that precedes development of carotid artery thrombus formation. To examine whether targeted blockade of IL-23 or IL-17A in KC-Tie2 psoriasis mice improves cardiovascular outcomes, mice were treated systemically for 6 weeks with antibodies targeting IL-17A, IL-17RA, IL-12/23p40, or IL-23p19.
- IL-6 inhibition has been unsuccessful in treating psoriasis, despite high levels of tissue and serum IL-6 in patients. In addition, de novo psoriasis onset has been reported after IL-6 blockade in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. To explore mechanisms underlying these clinical observations, we backcrossed an established psoriasiform mouse model (IL-17C+ mice) with IL-6-deficient mice (IL-17C+KO) and examined the cutaneous phenotype. IL-17C+KO mice initially exhibited decreased skin inflammation; however, this decrease was transient and reversed rapidly, concomitant with increases in skin Tnf, Il36α/β/γ, Il24, Epgn, and S100a8/a9 to levels higher than those found in IL-17C+ mice.