Ia-like antigens in lichen planus
The occurrence of Ia-like antigens in the skin of patients with lichen planus was studied by an indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) technique with use of immunosorbent-purified anti-Ia antibodies. Normal skin from the patients and skin from healthy persons showed dermal histiocytes and epidermal suprabasal dendritic cells expressing these antigens. In lichen planus lesions Ia-like antigens were found on virtually all mononuclear cells in the dermal infiltrate and showed an intercellular pattern in the epidermis. The finding of cells expressing Ia-like antigens in the dermal infiltrate, most probably activated T lymphocytes, renders likely a cell-mediated type of reaction in the pathogenesis of lichen planus.