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Chamcheu J.C.,Uppsala University | Chamcheu J.C.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Navsaria H.,Center for Cutaneous Research | Pihl-Lundin I.,Uppsala University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Investigative Dermatology | Year: 2011

Epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) is a blistering skin disease caused by mutations in keratin genes (KRT5 or KRT14), with no existing therapies. Aggregates of misfolded mutant keratins are seen in cultured keratinocytes from severe EBS patients. In other protein-folding disorders, involvement of molecular chaperones and the ubiquitin-proteasome system may modify disease severity. In this study, the effects of heat stress on keratin aggregation in immortalized cells from two patients with EBS (KRT5) and a healthy control were examined with and without addition of various test compounds. Heat-induced (43 °C, 30 minutes) aggregates were observed in all cell lines, the amount of which correlated with the donor phenotype. In EBS cells pre-exposed to proteasome inhibitor, MG132, and p38-mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor, SB203580, the proportion of aggregate-positive cells increased, suggesting a role of proteasomes and phosphorylation in removing mutated keratin. In contrast, aggregates were reduced by pretreatment with two chemical chaperones, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) and 4-phenylbutyrate (4-PBA). TMAO also modulated stress-induced p38/c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation and expression of heat shock protein (HSPA1A), the latter of which colocalized with phosphorylated keratin 5 in EBS cells. Taken together, our findings suggest therapeutic targets for EBS and other keratinopathies. © 2011 The Society for Investigative Dermatology. Source

Chamcheu J.C.,Uppsala University | Pihl-Lundin I.,Uppsala University | Mouyobo C.E.,Uppsala University | Gester T.,Uppsala University | And 5 more authors.
British Journal of Dermatology | Year: 2011

Summary Background: Epidermolytic ichthyosis (EI) is a skin fragility disorder caused by mutations in genes encoding suprabasal keratins 1 and 10. While the aetiology of EI is known, model systems are needed for pathophysiological studies and development of novel therapies. Objectives To generate immortalized keratinocyte lines from patients with EI for studies of EI cell pathology and the effects of chemical chaperones as putative therapies. Methods We derived keratinocytes from three patients with EI and one healthy control and established immortalized keratinocytes using human papillomavirus 16-E6/E7. Growth and differentiation characteristics, ability to regenerate organotypic epidermis, keratin expression, formation of cytoskeletal aggregates, and responses to heat shock and chemical chaperones were assessed. Results The cell lines EH11 (K1-p.Val176-Lys197del), EH21 (K10-p.156Arg>Gly), EH31 (K10-p.Leu161-Asp162del) and NKc21 (wild-type) currently exceed 160 population doublings and differentiate when exposed to calcium. At resting state, keratin aggregates were detected in 9% of calcium-differentiated EH31 cells, but not in any other cell line. Heat stress further increased this proportion to 30% and also induced aggregates in 3% of EH11 cultures. Treatment with trimethylamine N-oxide and 4-phenylbutyrate (4-PBA) reduced the fraction of aggregate-containing cells and affected the mRNA expression of keratins 1 and 10 while 4-PBA also modified heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) expression. Furthermore, in situ proximity ligation assay suggested a colocalization between HSP70 and keratins 1 and 10. Reconstituted epidermis from EI cells cornified but EH21 and EH31 cells produced suprabasal cytolysis, closely resembling the in vivo phenotype. Conclusions These immortalized cell lines represent a useful model for studying EI biology and novel therapies. © 2011 British Association of Dermatologists. Source

Tan D.W.M.,Wellcome Trust Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute | Jensen K.B.,Wellcome Trust Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute | Trotter M.W.B.,Celgene | Connelly J.T.,Center for Cutaneous Research | And 5 more authors.
Development (Cambridge) | Year: 2013

SUMMARY Human epidermal stem cells express high levels of β1 integrins, delta-like 1 (DLL1) and the EGFR antagonist LRIG1. However, there is cell-to-cell variation in the relative abundance of DLL1 and LRIG1 mRNA transcripts. Single-cell global gene expression profiling showed that undifferentiated cells fell into two clusters delineated by expression of DLL1 and its binding partner syntenin. The DLL1+ cluster had elevated expression of genes associated with endocytosis, integrin-mediated adhesion and receptor tyrosine kinase signaling. Differentially expressed genes were not independently regulated, as overexpression of DLL1 alone or together with LRIG1 led to the upregulation of other genes in the DLL1+ cluster. Overexpression of DLL1 and LRIG1 resulted in enhanced extracellular matrix adhesion and increased caveolin-dependent EGFR endocytosis. Further characterisation of CD46, one of the genes upregulated in the DLL1+ cluster, revealed it to be a novel cell surface marker of human epidermal stem cells. Cells with high endogenous levels of CD46 expressed high levels of β1 integrin and DLL1 and were highly adhesive and clonogenic. Knockdown of CD46 decreased proliferative potential and β1 integrin-mediated adhesion. Thus, the previously unknown heterogeneity revealed by our studies results in differences in the interaction of undifferentiated basal keratinocytes with their environment. © 2013. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd. Source

Ruge F.,University of Cardiff | Glavini A.,University of Cardiff | Gallimore A.M.,University of Cardiff | Richards H.E.,University of Cardiff | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Investigative Dermatology | Year: 2011

Defolliculated (Gsdma3 Dfl /) mice have a hair loss phenotype that involves an aberrant hair cycle, altered sebaceous gland differentiation with reduced sebum production, chronic inflammation, and ultimately the loss of the hair follicle. Hair loss in these mice is similar to that seen in primary cicatricial, or scarring alopecias in which immune targeting of hair follicle stem cells has been proposed as a key factor resulting in permanent hair follicle destruction. In this study we examine the mechanism of hair loss in GsdmA3 Dfl / mice. Aberrant expression patterns of stem cell markers during the hair cycle, in addition to aberrant behavior of the melanocytes leading to ectopic pigmentation of the hair follicle and epidermis, indicated the stem cell niche was not maintained. An autoimmune mechanism was excluded by crossing the mice with rag1/ mice. However, large numbers of macrophages and increased expression of ICAM-1 were still present and may be involved either directly or indirectly in the hair loss. Reverse transcriptase-PCR (RT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry of sebaceous gland differentiation markers revealed reduced peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ), a potential cause of reduced sebum production, as well as the potential involvement of the innate immune system in the hair loss. As reduced PPARγ expression has recently been implicated as a cause for lichen planopilaris, these mice may be useful for testing therapies. © 2011 The Society for Investigative Dermatology. Source

Nassab R.,Whiston Hospital | Myers S.,Center for Cutaneous Research | Frame J.,Center for Cutaneous Research
Aesthetic Surgery Journal | Year: 2011

The cosmetic surgery market is a rapidly growing sector of healthcare, and the use of marketing strategies is now an integral part of any cosmetic surgery practice. In this study, the authors review 50 Web sites from practitioners in London and New York to quantify the utilization of online marketing, comparing results between the United Kingdom and the United States. © 2011 The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc. Source

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