New Research Findings May Bring Breakthrough For Scleroderma Patients PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 October 2012 22:13
Research presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology in Prague, Czech Republic, suggests that inhibition of the SMAD protein may be a viable therapeutic target in Scleroderma patients.

This finding builds on previous research by presenter and lead researcher Donal O'Kane and colleagues showing that epidermal to mesenchymal transition (EMT) occurs in the skin of Scleroderma patients. This is most likely induced by high levels of the inflammatory cytokines transforming growth factor (TGF)-β and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α in sclerodermatous skin, and contributes directly to cutaneous fibrosis.

In the current study, O'Kane and team showed that SMAD inhibition weakens or reverses EMT in a normal human epidermal keratinocyte cell line. EMT was induced in the cells by the introduction of high levels of TGF-β and TNF-α to mimic conditions present in sclerodermatous human skin.

These findings could prove a real breakthrough for Scleroderma patients, as currently available treatments for Scleroderma are limited and often ineffective.

"At the minute because no treatments work effectively in clinical practice my feeling is that that's because they focus on fibrosis in the dermis as opposed to what predates that," O'Kane told medwireNews.

"The novel part of this EMT is we think that's before the fibrotic phase," he added, "so it gives a total new approach to the treatment of fibrotic disease and potentially will raise a lot more treatments as well."

To continue reading the full article, click here.

Source: Albert, H. (2012), "New treatment target brings hope for scleroderma patients"; News-medical.net;

 
More articles :

» Central Nervous System Manifestations In Scleroderma

We at the believe that knowledge is indeed, power. It was this belief that became the primary motivation for the creation of our website. It was meant to empower all patients to take control of the disease through news and informative articles, and...

» Exposure To Solvents A Health Risk

Exposure to solvents by medical laboratory workers may be a health risk according to a new study from the , Wellington just published in . "Our study of 341 medical laboratory workers indicates they are more likely to develop a condition called...

» The Importance Of Exercise

Exercise is important for everyone. There are many forms of exercise including aerobics, cycling, walking the dog, and even stair climbing and home chores. These are all good but if you have it may be necessary for you to also have a therapeutic...

» Unite Against Scleroderma

On May 1st 2011, the would be holding its first annual "Unite Against Scleroderma" Walk around the Queen's Park Savannah, Port Of Spain. It is our aim to help raise awareness of this rare autoimmune disease and the funding needed to aid those who...

» Women and Autoimmunity

50:1, 9:1, 2:1 these are just some ratios of autoimmune disease disparities between women and men. The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) hosted the Capitol Hill briefing, The War Within: Women and Autoimmunity, on Tuesday, October 11 to...

» What You Should Know About The AntiNuclear Antibody Or ANA Test

How is it used?The ANA test is ordered to help screen for autoimmune disorders and is most often used as one of the tests to diagnose (SLE). Depending on the patient's symptoms and the suspected diagnosis, ANA may be ordered along with one or more...