Sayaka Shibata

The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan

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  • Sayaka Shibata, Yoshihide Asano, Shinichi Sato
    European journal of dermatology : EJD. 11/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Prolactin (PRL) is a pituitary-derived neuropeptide hormone that has been suggested to promote the development of psoriasis, a Th17/Th1-mediated inflammatory dermatosis. PRL increases the expression of Th1 cytokines; however, its effects on Th17 responses are unknown. This study aims to determine the in vivo effects of PRL on the expression of Th17 cytokines/chemokines in imiquimod-induced psoriasiform skin inflammation in mice. BALB/c mice were intraperitoneally injected with PRL or phosphate-buffered saline, and imiquimod cream or Vaseline was applied to the shaved back skin for six consecutive days. Intraperitoneal PRL increased the mRNA levels of IL-17A, IL-17F, IL-22, IL-23p19, IL-12p40, CCL20 and STAT3 in imiquimod-treated skin. Mice treated with imiquimod plus PRL, but not those treated with imiquimod plus phosphate-buffered saline, showed significantly increased mRNA levels of TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-12p35 and CXCL2 compared with controls. Intraperitoneal PRL increased the numbers of CD3(+) and GR-1(+) cells in the dermis of imiquimod-treated skin. These results suggest that intraperitoneal PRL enhances the expression of Th17 and Th1 cytokines/chemokines, and augments inflammation in imiquimod-induced psoriasiform skin. Prolactin may thus exacerbate psoriasis through the enhancement of Th17/Th1 responses.
    Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 11/2013; · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Propionibacterium acnes has been implicated as one of the suggested causative antigens for sarcoidosis, a systemic granulomatous disease. By injecting heat-killed P. acnes into the dorsal skin of C57BL/6J mice on days 1, 3, 5, and 14, sarcoid-like granulomatosis was induced in skin and lungs of these mice on day 28. To clarify the role of cell adhesion molecules in cutaneous sarcoidosis, we induced sarcoid-like granulomatosis in mice deficient of intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1, L-selectin, P-selectin, or E-selectin via repeated P. acnes injection. Histopathologic analysis revealed that granuloma formation was aggravated in the skin and lungs of ICAM-1-deficient mice compared with wild-type mice. Within skin granulomas of ICAM-1-deficient mice, P. acnes immunization up-regulated mRNA expression of tumor necrosis factor-α, although it failed to induce IL-10 mRNA expression in contrast to wild-type mice. Infiltration of regulatory T cells into skin granuloma was similar between wild-type mice and ICAM-1-deficient mice. P. acnes immunization induced IL-10 production by CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells in lymph nodes of wild-type mice in vivo, which was absent in regulatory T cells of ICAM-1-deficient mice. Our results indicate that ICAM-1 is imperative for inducing regulatory T cells to produce IL-10 in vivo, which would prevent granuloma formation.
    American Journal Of Pathology 10/2013; · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Propranolol hydrochloride is a nonselective β-blocker that is used for the treatment of hypertension, arrhythmia, and angina pectoris. In Japan, it was recently approved for the treatment of childhood arrhythmia. It has been observed to produce drastic involution of infantile hemangiomas. The aim of this prospective study was to examine propranolol's superiority to classical therapy with pulsed dye laser and/or cryosurgery in treating proliferating infantile hemangiomas. Fifteen patients between the ages of 1 and 4 months with proliferating infantile hemangiomas received grinded propranolol tablets 2 mg/kg per day divided in three doses. Twelve patients with proliferating infantile hemangiomas receiving pulsed dye laser and/or cryosurgery were enrolled as controls. Baseline electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and chest x-ray were performed. Monitoring of heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose was performed every 2 weeks. Efficacy was assessed by performing blinded volume measurements and taking photographs at every visit. Propranolol induced significantly earlier involution and redness reduction of infantile hemangiomas, compared to pulsed dye laser and cryosurgery. Adverse effects such as hypoglycemia, hypotension, or bradycardia did not occur. Conclusion: The dramatic response of infantile hemangiomas to propranolol and few side effects suggest that early treatment of infantile hemangiomas could result in decreased disfigurement. Propranolol should be considered as a first-line treatment of infantile hemangiomas.
    European Journal of Pediatrics 06/2013; · 1.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Psoriasis is an inflammatory cutaneous disorder characterized by marked epidermal thickening and Th1 and Th17 cell infiltration. At present, the contribution of B cells to the pathogenesis of psoriasis is unclear. In mice, topical application of imiquimod induces inflamed skin lesions and serves as an experimental animal model for human psoriasis. In this study, we showed that imiquimod-induced skin inflammation was more severe in CD19(-/-) than WT mice. These inflammatory responses were negatively regulated by a unique IL-10-producing CD1d(hi)CD5(+) regulatory B cell subset (B10 cells) that was absent in CD19(-/-) mice and represented only 1-2% of splenic B220(+) cells in WT mice. Splenic B10 cells entered the circulation and migrated to draining LNs during imiquimod-induced skin inflammation, thereby suppressing IFN-γ and IL-17 production. Furthermore, adoptive transfer of these B10 cells from WT mice reduced inflammation in CD19(-/-) mice. The present findings provide direct evidence that B10 cells regulate imiquimod-induced skin inflammation and offer insights into regulatory B cell-based therapies for the treatment of psoriasis.
    Journal of leukocyte biology 04/2013; · 4.99 Impact Factor
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    Journal of dermatological science 04/2013; · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory dermatosis, is frequently associated with metabolic disorders, suggesting that adipokines are involved in its pathogenesis. We recently reported that the adipokine visfatin activates NF-κB and STAT3 in keratinocytes. Antimicrobial peptide expression is enhanced in psoriatic lesions and may promote disease development. Here, we investigated the effects of visfatin on antimicrobial peptide expression. In vitro, visfatin enhanced basal and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)-induced mRNA expression and secretion of cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP), and enhanced TNF-α-induced human β-defensin-2 (hBD-2), hBD-3, and S100A7 mRNA expression and secretion in human keratinocytes. siRNAs targeting CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-α (C/EBPα) suppressed visfatin-induced and visfatin plus TNF-α-induced CAMP production. siRNAs targeting NF-κB p65 and STAT3 suppressed visfatin plus TNF-α-induced hBD-2 and S100A7 production. siRNAs targeting c-Jun and STAT3 suppressed visfatin plus TNF-α-induced hBD-3 production. Visfatin and/or TNF-α enhanced C/EBP transcriptional activity and C/EBPα phosphorylation, which were suppressed by p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibition. Visfatin and/or TNF-α induced p38 MAPK phosphorylation. Visfatin increased mRNA and protein expression of CAMP, hBD-2, hBD-3, and S100A7 orthologs in murine imiquimod-treated skin, mimicking psoriasis. In conclusion, visfatin enhances CAMP, hBD-2, hBD-3, and S100A7 production in human keratinocytes and their orthologs in murine imiquimod-treated psoriatic skin. Visfatin may potentiate the development of psoriasis via antimicrobial peptides.
    American Journal Of Pathology 03/2013; · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective. Visfatin is a member of the adipocytokines with pro-fibrotic, pro-inflammatory and immunomodulating properties potentially implicated in the pathogenesis of certain fibrotic and inflammatory autoimmune diseases. In this study, we investigated the clinical significance of serum visfatin levels and its contribution to the developmental process in SSc.Methods. Serum visfatin levels were determined by a specific ELISA in 57 SSc patients and 19 healthy controls. The mRNA levels of target genes were determined in normal and SSc fibroblasts by real-time RT-PCR. The levels of IL-12p70 produced by THP-1 cells were measured by a specific ELISA.Results. Serum visfatin levels were comparable among total SSc, diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc), limited cutaneous SSc and healthy controls. The only finding in a series of analyses regarding the correlation of serum visfatin levels with clinical symptoms and laboratory data was the significantly longer disease duration in dcSSc with elevated serum visfatin levels than in those with normal levels. Consistently, serum visfatin levels were significantly elevated in late-stage dcSSc (disease duration >6 years), but not in early and mid-stage dcSSc compared with healthy controls. In in vitro experiments, visfatin reversed the pro-fibrotic phenotype of SSc dermal fibroblasts and induced the expression of IL-12p70 in THP-1 cells treated with IFN-γ plus lipopolysaccharide.Conclusion. Visfatin may contribute to the resolution of skin sclerosis in late-stage dcSSc via a direct anti-fibrotic effect on dermal fibroblasts and Th1 polarization of the immune response.
    Rheumatology (Oxford, England) 02/2013; · 4.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: IL-27, a member of the IL-12 cytokine family, primes Th1 cell differentiation, whereas it suppresses Th17 cell development. We have previously reported that serum IL-27 levels are elevated in psoriatic patients and that IL-27 greatly induces in vitro production of Th1-type chemokines through STAT1 activation. In this study, to further investigate the in vivo role of IL-27 in the pathogenesis of psoriasis, we induced psoriasis-like inflammation on mouse back skin with topical application of imiquimod (IMQ), and continuously injected IL-27 or PBS subcutaneously. IMQ-treated skin showed an increase of IL-27 mRNA levels and the infiltration of IL-27-producing cells in the papillary dermis. The injection of IL-27 to the IMQ-treated skin exacerbated the disease compared with PBS injection. The IL-27 injection further augmented mRNA levels of IFN-γ, CXCL9, CXCL10, CXCL11, and TNF-α, without altering those of IL-17A, IL-17F, IL-22, and CCL20. Finally, IL-27 antagonism attenuated the upregulation of IFN-γ, CXCL9, CXCL10, CXCL11, and TNF-α mRNA levels, and induced clinical and histological improvement in the IMQ-treated skin. These results indicate that IL-27 would act in a proinflammatory manner, and thereby exacerbate the psoriasis-like skin inflammation induced by IMQ.Journal of Investigative Dermatology advance online publication, 6 September 2012; doi:10.1038/jid.2012.313.
    Journal of Investigative Dermatology 09/2012; · 6.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Diabetic patients are at high risk of developing delayed cutaneous wound healing. Adiponectin plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of diabetes and is considered to be involved in various pathological conditions associated with diabetes; however, its role in wound repair is unknown. In this study, we elucidated the involvement of adiponectin in cutaneous wound healing in vitro and in vivo. Normal human keratinocytes expressed adiponectin receptors, and adiponectin enhanced proliferation and migration of keratinocytes in vitro. This proliferative and migratory effect of adiponectin was mediated via AdipoR1/AdipoR2 and the ERK signaling pathway. Consistent with in vitro results, wound closure was significantly delayed in adiponectin-deficient mice compared with wild-type mice, and more importantly, keratinocyte proliferation and migration during wound repair were also impaired in adiponectin-deficient mice. Furthermore, both systemic and topical administration of adiponectin ameliorated impaired wound healing in adiponectin-deficient and diabetic db/db mice, respectively. Collectively, these results indicate that adiponectin is a potent mediator in the regulation of cutaneous wound healing. We propose that upregulation of systemic and/or local adiponectin levels is a potential and very promising therapeutic approach for dealing with diabetic wounds.
    The Journal of Immunology 08/2012; 189(6):3231-41. · 5.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical significance of monitoring serum adiponectin levels during intravenous pulse cyclophosphamide (IVCY) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). METHODS: Serum adiponectin levels were determined by a specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in eight SSc patients with active ILD who underwent IVCY and 27 healthy controls. In patients, serum samples were drawn the day before each IVCY. RESULTS: Serum adiponectin levels were significantly decreased in SSc patients with active ILD before the first IVCY compared with healthy controls [median (25-75 percentile): 3.21 (2.70-4.19) vs. 7.42 (6.06-10.82) μg/ml; P < 0.01). After the completion of whole IVCY, serum adiponectin levels were significantly increased [17.55 (6.47-39.45) μg/ml; P < 0.05] compared with the initial levels, and this increase significantly correlated with the decrease in ILD scores. Importantly, the dynamics of serum adiponectin levels during the IVCY therapy reflected its efficacy against SSc-ILD over the treatment and the follow-up period. CONCLUSION: The monitoring of serum adiponectin levels during the IVCY treatment may be useful to identify SSc patients with ILD refractory to the treatment and at high risk for exacerbations during the follow-up period.
    Modern Rheumatology 05/2012; · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mongolian spots are congenital and confluent hyperpigmented areas that are usually grayish blue in color. They are found most frequently in the sacral region in infants and typically disappear during childhood. Occasionally, they persist to adulthood. We retrospectively examined outcomes of laser treatment of persistent Mongolian spots. We used Q-switched alexandrite laser to treat persistent Mongolian spots of 16 Japanese patients at 14 years old or older. A good therapeutic outcome was achieved overall; however, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation were observed in two patients, respectively. While laser treatment was effective for all seven patients with extrasacral Mongolian spots, four out of ten patients with sacral Mongolian spots were refractory to treatment. Of these patients, two received laser irradiation only twice and abandoned treatment, simply because of unsatisfactory results without any adverse events. The other two patients received treatments at intervals of 3 months, which resulted in postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. Contrary to children, who generally show good response after two or three sessions of irradiation, we should consider more frequent irradiation, longer intervals between treatment sessions, and use of bleaching creams in the treatment of persistent sacral Mongolian spots in adults.
    Lasers in Medical Science 05/2012; 27(6):1229-32. · 2.40 Impact Factor
  • Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 03/2012; 37(7):792-3. · 1.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The protein lipocalin (LCN)-2 is known to be related to insulin resistance, obesity and atherosclerotic diseases. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease related to metabolic syndrome. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between serum LCN2 levels and indicators for metabolic syndrome and inflammatory cytokine levels in patients with psoriasis. Serum LCN2 levels were measured in patients with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (AD) or bullous pemphigoid (BP), and compared with those of healthy controls. Serum LCN2 levels were also compared with several indicators for metabolic syndrome, and with serum levels of interleukin (IL)-6 and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, two markers of inflammation. Serum LCN2 levels in patients with psoriasis were significantly higher than those of healthy controls, but there was no significant correlation between serum LCN2 and body mass index. Serum LCN2 levels also correlated with serum IL-6 and TNF-α levels in patients with psoriasis. Serum LCN2 levels are a general indicator for increased inflammation in the patients with psoriasis.
    Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 02/2012; 37(3):296-9. · 1.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: β-Glucans are pathogen-associated molecular patterns of fungi such as Candida albicans. Here, we studied their effects on normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs) from neonatal foreskin, and with high calcium to induce keratinocyte differentiation, danger signals, and pathogen-associated compounds such as adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP), poly(I:C), and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). β-Glucan stimulation significantly increased IL-8, IL-6, and IL-1α production by NHEKs. Well-differentiated NHEKs produced elevated IL-8 levels, whereas ATP, a danger signal, significantly increased IL-8 and IL-6 production, and the pathogen-associated compound, poly(I:C), augmented IL-1α production by β-glucan-stimulated NHEKs. No response to LPS from Escherichia coli was seen. Dectin-1 is known as the major receptor for β-glucans on phagocytes and dendritic cells. Dectin-1 mRNA was detected in NHEKs by reverse transcription-PCR. Flow-cytometric analyses confirmed the NHEK cell surface expression of dectin-1. Immunoblotting showed that β-glucan induced dual phosphorylation of p44/42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) (extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1/2), and p38 MAPK in NHEKs; these signaling pathways are known to be associated with dectin-1. Treatment with the ERK inhibitor PD98059 and with the p38 kinase inhibitor SB203580 effectively suppressed β-glucan-induced IL-8 production by NHEKs. Thus, high calcium, ATP, and poly(I:C) augment the cytokine and chemokine production by β-glucan-stimulated NHEKs. Dectin-1 is present on NHEKs and may have an important role in cell response to β-glucan.
    Journal of Investigative Dermatology 07/2011; 131(11):2255-62. · 6.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Some chemokines are known to accelerate wound healing. However, there has been no report on the relationship between Thymus and activation-regulated chemokine (TARC)/CC chemokine ligand (CCL) 17 and wound healing. The purpose of this study was to determine whether CCL17 enhances response to cutaneous injury. We made a full-thickness dorsal wound in transgenic (Tg) mice, in which CCL17 was overexpressed and in control mice. Wound size was compared over the course of time. We evaluated the effect of CCL17 on fibroblast migration by a Boyden chamber assay and a scratch wound assay. Wound closure in Tg mice was more accelerated than in control mice. CCL17 enhanced nerve growth factor (NGF) production by 2B4, which is mouse T cell hybridoma. Further, in the wound area of Tg mice, the number of CCR4(+) fibroblasts, CCR4(+) lymphocytes and mast cells was increased compared to control mice, as was the number of NGF(+) lymphocytes around the wound area. In vitro assay, CCL17 was shown to enhance the migration of fibroblasts. These results suggest that CCL17 accelerates wound healing, mainly by enhancing fibroblast migration, and possibly by increasing NGF(+) lymphocytes and mast cells, which have independently been reported to enhance wound healing.
    Experimental Dermatology 04/2011; 20(8):669-74. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Adiponectin has been demonstrated to be one of anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic factors, suggesting the potential of this cytokine to be involved in the developmental process of systemic sclerosis (SSc). The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of serum adiponectin levels in patients with SSc. Methods  Serum adiponectin levels were determined using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 32 patients with diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc), 28 with limited cutaneous SSc (lcSSc) and 27 healthy controls. No significant difference between these groups existed in terms of gender, age and body mass index. Serum adiponectin levels in dcSSc patients (4.93 ± 6.48 μg/mL) were significantly lower than those in lcSSc patients (9.69 ± 7.61 μg/mL, P < 0.01) and healthy controls (9.36 ± 5.57 μg/mL, P < 0.01). dcSSc patients with disease duration of ≤5 years had significantly decreased serum adiponectin levels (2.15 ± 1.69 μg/mL) than those with disease duration of >5 years (13.29 ± 8.36 μg/mL, P < 0.01), lcSSc patients with disease duration of ≤5 years (8.07 ± 7.98 μg/mL, P < 0.05), lcSSc patients with disease duration of >5 years (10.9 ± 7.34 μg/mL, P < 0.01) and healthy controls (9.36 ± 5.57 μg/mL, P < 0.01). Longitudinal studies in five patients with early dcSSc treated with oral prednisone demonstrated that serum adiponectin levels inversely correlate with the activity of progressive skin sclerosis in dcSSc patients. Serum levels of adiponectin may serve as a useful marker to evaluate the activity of progressive skin sclerosis in dcSSc.
    Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 04/2011; 26(3):354-60. · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sarcoidosis is a chronic multisystem disease of unknown origin, which is characterized by T-helper-1 (Th1)-mediated immune responses. On the other hand, atopic dermatitis (AD) is characterized by Th2-mediated immune responses. We recently experienced an interesting case of AD in which the patient experienced a significant resolution of AD after the onset of sarcoidosis. We herein describe the details of his clinical course and discuss the impact of negative cross-regulation between Th1 and Th2 immune responses.
    Modern Rheumatology 01/2011; 21(4):406-9. · 1.72 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of Dermatology 11/2010; 38(5):497-9. · 1.77 Impact Factor
  • British Journal of Dermatology 11/2010; 164(3):667-70. · 3.76 Impact Factor

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138 Citations
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  • 2008–2011
    • The University of Tokyo
      • Department of Surgical Sciences
      Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan
  • 2010
    • Saitama Medical University
      • Department of Dermatology
      Saitama, Saitama-ken, Japan
    • Jichi Medical University
      • Department of Dermatology
      Totigi, Tochigi, Japan