Background: Palmoplantar pustular psoriasis (PPPP) is a variant of psoriasis, which has significant negative impact on quality of life. The cellular and molecular inflammatory pathways involved in PPPP have not been well studied.
Objective: Study the expression of cytokines and chemokines involved in the IL-17/IL-23 axis in palmoplantar pustular psoriasis and other difficult to treat psoriasis areas (palms, scalp, elbows and lower legs).
Methods: Skin biopsies were performed on a total of 80 patients with PPPP, non-pustular palmoplantar psoriasis (NPPPP), or psoriasis located on elbows, knees and scalp as well as 10 healthy subjects. RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry on cells extracted from skin biopsies were used to compare PPPP to other forms of psoriasis.
Results: There was a significant (p<0.05) increase in the expression of IL-1β, IL-6, LL-37, IL-19, IL-17A, CXCL1 and CXCL2 in PPPP as compared to NPPPP. However, there was no significant difference in expression of IL-23 in PPPP as compared to NPPPP and other forms of psoriasis. The proportion of IL-22+ but not IL-17A+ mast cells was higher in PPPP as compared to NPPPP (p<0.05).
Conclusion: These results suggest that the IL-17A pathway may play a more important role in PPPP than in NPPPP.
Keywords: IL-17; IL-23; Palmoplantar psoriasis; Palmoplantar pustular psoriasis; Psoriasis; Skin biopsies.
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