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Assessment of Perforin Expression in Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes in Psoriatic Patients During Exacerbation of Disease

Larisa Prpi', Natasa Strbo, Vlatka Sotosek, Franjo Gruber, Eckhard R. Podack, Daniel Rukavina
DOI: 10.1080/00015550050500059


There are very few data concerning the role played by cellmediated cytotoxicity, particularly at the molecular level, in the course of psoriasis. Both cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and natural killer cells contain in their granules the cytolytic protein perforin, a mediator in cell-mediated cytotoxicity reactions. The aim of this study was to analyze perforin expression in various sets and subsets of perforin-positive peripheral blood lymphocytes in 17 patients with chronic psoriasis vulgaris in the exacerbation phase. The results were compared with those of an age- and sex-matched healthy control group (n= 21). Perforin (intracellular antigen) and cell surface antigens were detected using the simultaneous double-staining method. We found a significant increase in perforin (P) expression in the patient group for CTL (CD3 + P + cells), which are located mostly in the CD8 + population of T lymphocytes (CD8 + P + ). Key


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