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Investigative Report

Experimentallu Induced Psoriatic Lesions Associate with Rapid but Transient Decrease in Interleukin-33 Immunostaining in Epidermis

Mireille-Maria Suttle, Mattias Enoksson, Anna Zoltowska, Madhumita Chatterjee, Gunnar Nilsson, Ilkka T. Harvima
DOI: 10.2340/00015555-2018


A slight epidermal damage can induce the Köbner reaction in psoriasis, and the “alarmin”, interleukin-33 (IL-33), may be involved in this process. Therefore, the uninvolved psoriatic skin was tape-stripped, and skin biopsies were collected at 0d, 2h and 3d or at 0d, 1d and 7d for immunohistochemistry. Eight patients out of 18 with the positive Köbner reaction showed a decrease in epidermal thickness and revealed transient reduction in epidermal nuclear immunostaining of IL-33 in 2h-1d-3d biopsies compared to the 10 Köbner-negative patients. In keratinocyte cultures, the full-length 32-kDa IL-33 was detected after damaging the cells with freeze-thawing. Interestingly, a very low concentration of rh-IL-33 (0.001–0.01 ng/ml) significantly stimulated 3H-thymidine uptake by human LAD2 mast cells, but not by psoriatic peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The results show that epidermal IL-33 associates with positive Köbner response, and only a small amount of the IL-33 apparently released may induce proliferation in dermal mast cells.


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