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    • "In addition, ANA was found in patients with PsA and cutaneous psoriatic forms. Disease severity in patients with psoriasis was correlated with the serum levels of BAFF (Samoud-El Kissi et al., 2008). BAFF was identified as a potent B-cell stimulatory molecule associated with systemic autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjö gren's syndrome (Matsushita & Sato, 2005; Moisini & Davidson, 2009). "
    X Zhang · Z Fei · J Wan · J Xu · B Yu · M Guan ·
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    ABSTRACT: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with an immunogenetic background. This study aimed to determine the association between three functional SNPs of BANK1 (rs10516487, rs17266594 and rs3733197) with psoriasis in Southern Han Chinese population by determining their frequency in 242 patients with psoriasis and 317 healthy individuals. The genotype frequencies of the detected polymorphisms were analysed in relation to the susceptibility of psoriasis. Our data show that there is no significant difference in genotype distribution for the three BANK1 SNPs between patients and healthy controls. The AA frequency of rs3733197 is significantly higher in patients with psoriasis onset before the age of 23 than in those with late disease onset (P =  0.0069). In addition, analysis on BANK1 haplotype also suggests a protective role for TGC and CAT haplotype from psoriasis (OR 0.55, 95% CI: 0.34-0.89; P = 0.0144; OR 0.62, 95% CI: 0.42-0.92; P = 0.0175), whereas CGT haplotype is associated with increased risk of the disease (OR 1.38, 95% CI: 1.05-1.81, P = 0.0203). Overall, our result indicates that polymorphism in BANK1 is associated with susceptibility to psoriasis in Southern Han Chinese.
    International Journal of Immunogenetics 12/2011; 38(6):507-12. DOI:10.1111/j.1744-313X.2011.01045.x · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology took place in San Francisco on 6-10 March 2009. The flavour of this busy but well-organized convention was a mixture of practical, hands-on teaching sessions, led and delivered by experts, with breakthrough cutting-edge scientific sessions. Aesthetic dermatology comprised a significant part of the meeting. It is impossible to encompass all the important presentations made at the meeting and satellite symposiums, but we highlight here a few medical pearls on dermoscopy, melanoma and oncology, inflammatory dermatoses and community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Our report is not intended as a substitute for reading the conference proceedings, educational session handouts, online updates and related references quoted in this article.
    British Journal of Dermatology 08/2009; 162(1):12-21. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2009.09395.x · 4.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the relationship between serum levels of B cell activating factor belonging to the TNF family (BAFF) and disease activity (DAS28) in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients. Twenty-two male and 31 female psoriasis patients fulfilling the CASPAR criteria for PsA were recruited for the study. Disease activity was recorded using the disease activity score for 28 joints (DAS28). Whole blood and serum samples were analysed for serum BAFF, estradiol, and testosterone levels. Serum BAFF levels were positively correlated with DAS28 only in male PsA patients (r=0.669, p<0.001). In male but not female patients, serum testosterone was negatively correlated with DAS28 (r=-0.632, p=0.002), and serum BAFF (r=-0.520, p=0.018), respectively. The serum BAFF/ serum testosterone (B/T) ratio showed a strong correlation with DAS28 in male patients (r=0.743, p<0.0001) and, again, no correlation was found in female participants (r=0.019, p=0.93). A linear regression analysis showed that the B/T is a good predictor of DAS28 (r2=0.586, p<0.001). On the other hand, estradiol levels did neither correlate with PsA activity in male nor female patients in our study population. Even though a role for B cells in the pathogenesis of PsA has not been established, BAFF levels correlate with disease activity in male PsA patients. Furthermore, serum testosterone in male patients negatively correlates with disease activity and BAFF, respectively. The serum BAFF/serum testosterone ratio might be used as predictor of disease activity in male PsA patients.
    Clinical and experimental rheumatology 01/2010; 28(6):813-9. · 2.72 Impact Factor
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