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See detailUstekinumab biotherapy and real-time psoriasis capacitance mapping: a pilot study.
Franchimont, Claudine ULg; PIERARD, Gérald ULg

in Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology (2012), 2012

In recent years, the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis has benefited from the development of targeted biologicals. Assessing this new class of drugs calls for precise modalities of severity ... [more ▼]

In recent years, the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis has benefited from the development of targeted biologicals. Assessing this new class of drugs calls for precise modalities of severity/improvement ratings of the disease. Bioengineering-driven dermometrology aims at improving objective and quantitative assessments of disease severity and treatment efficacy. Skin capacitance mapping/imaging is one of those emerging methods. Among its clinical applications, psoriasis capacitance mapping (PCM) was introduced in order to assess both skin scaliness and water trapping inside the stratum corneum (inflammatory serum deposits) on lesional skin. PCM was used for assessing the therapeutic effects of ustekinumab on target lesions of 5 psoriatic patients. The reduction in the inflammatory dampness of the stratum corneum was conveniently seen after a 1-month ustekinumab treatment. The present pilot study suggests that PCM could be used as a fast and convenient method for assessing the anti-inflammatory efficacy of ustekinumab and other biotherapies. University Hospital of Liege, 4000 Liege, Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailUstekinumab in psoriasis immunopathology with emphasis on the Th17-IL23 axis. A primer.
QUATRESOOZ, Pascale ULg; Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology (2012), 2012(147413),

Psoriasis is a chronic relapsing immunoinflammatory dermatosis that is commonly associated with systemic comorbidities. The pathogenic importance of interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 is beyond doubt, as well ... [more ▼]

Psoriasis is a chronic relapsing immunoinflammatory dermatosis that is commonly associated with systemic comorbidities. The pathogenic importance of interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 is beyond doubt, as well as the involvement of T helper cells (Th)1 and Th17 cells. There is upregulation of the p40 subunit shared by IL-12 and IL-23 and of the IL-23 p19 subunit, but not an increased expression of the IL-12 p35 subunit. This indicates that IL-23 appears more involved than IL-12 in the pathogenesis of psoriatic plaques. Ustekinumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody of the immunoglobulin (Ig) G1 class targeting the p40 subunit common to both IL-12 and IL-23, thus inhibiting both IL-12 and IL-23 receptor-mediated signalling. Ustekinumab is part of the recent biologic therapies active in psoriasis, autoimmune arthritides, and inflammatory bowel diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailDermal ultrastructure in low Beighton score members of 17 families with hypermobile-type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; REGINSTER, Marie-Annick ULg; Franchimont, Claudine ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology (2012), 2012

The distinction between the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobile type (EDSH) and the benign joint hypermobility syndrome (BJHS) is unclear. The aim of the present study was to compare skin ultrastructural ... [more ▼]

The distinction between the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobile type (EDSH) and the benign joint hypermobility syndrome (BJHS) is unclear. The aim of the present study was to compare skin ultrastructural abnormalities of EDSH and BJHS among different families. Skin of 23 EDSH, 27 BJHS, and 41 asymptomatic subjects from 17 families was examined using transmission electron microscopy. Similar ultrastructural abnormalities were found irrespective of the Beighton score. Flower-like collagen fibrils represented the key change and elastic fibers were altered as well. Beighton score is a clinical parameter rating joint mobility that appeared unrelated to quantitative and qualitative collagen ultrastructural alterations in the skin. Some EDSH family members fit with BJHS diagnosis. BJHS possibly represents a mild variant of EDSH. [less ▲]

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See detailChallenging regional psoriasis and ustekinumab biotherapy: impact of the patterns of disease.
Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Berardesca, Enzo; PIERARD, Gérald ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology (2012), 2012

In some patients, psoriasis appears refractory to many treatments, particularly when the disease is confined to some specific body regions. In this respect, palmoplantar psoriasis and palmoplantar ... [more ▼]

In some patients, psoriasis appears refractory to many treatments, particularly when the disease is confined to some specific body regions. In this respect, palmoplantar psoriasis and palmoplantar pustulosis are possibly related conditions in their immunopathomechanisms involving Il-12, IL-23, and Th17. Nail psoriasis and scalp psoriasis are two other particular psoriasis manifestations. Accordingly, ustekinumab was tested in a few of these patients. The present paper is limited to peer-reviewed case reports. Data were not supported by bioinstrumental assessments and controlled trials. Overall, they are indicative of potential efficacy. The cost-effectiveness and the risk-benefit assessments merit further investigations. [less ▲]

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See detailAdult bone marrow: which stem cells for cellular therapy protocols in neurodegenerative disorders?
Wislet-Gendebien, Sabine ULg; Laudet, Emerence ULg; Neirinckx, Virginie ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology (2011)

The generation of neuronal cells from stem cells obtained from adult bone marrow is of significant clinical interest in order to design new cell therapy protocols for several neurological disorders. The ... [more ▼]

The generation of neuronal cells from stem cells obtained from adult bone marrow is of significant clinical interest in order to design new cell therapy protocols for several neurological disorders. The recent identification in adult bone marrow of stem cells derived from the neural crests (NCSC) might explain the neuronal phenotypic plasticity shown by bone marrow cells. However, little information is available about the nature of these cells compared to mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). In this manuscript, we will review all information available concerning NCSC from adult tissues and their possible use in regenerative medecine. Moreover, as multiple recent studies showed the beneficial effect of bone marrow stromal cells in neurodegenerative diseases, we will discuss which stem cells isolated from adult bone marrow should be more suitable for cell replacement therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailChallenges for Biomarker Discovery in Body Fluids Using SELDI-TOF-MS
De Bock, Muriel ULg; De Seny, Dominique ULg; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology (2009)

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