Topical heat shock protein 70 prevents imiquimod-induced psoriasis-like inflammation in mice
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with systemic manifestations and potential genetic etiology. The newest treatments utilize antibodies against one of several cytokines known to underlie the inflammatory signaling molecules that produce the skin and systemic symptoms. However, these agents must be regularly injected, and they may compromise the normal responses of the immune system. Furthermore, they do not address the causes of the abnormal immunoregulatory responses of the disease because the etiology is not yet completely understood. In this short-term treatment study, the potential anti-inflammatory activity of an alfalfa-derived Hsp70-containing skin cream (aHsp70) was tested on imiquimod (IMQ)-induced psoriasis-like lesions in wild-type mice. Treatment of the mice with the aHsp70 skin cream simultaneously with the imiquimod application mitigated the induction of psoriatic-like lesions and correlated with altered expression of various skin cytokines.
KeywordsHsp70 Alfalfa Psoriasis Skin cream Anti-inflammatory
This research was supported by the Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH), National Psoriasis Foundation (discovery grant 2016 to U. C.) and Alfa Biogene International, B.V. (Baarn, Netherlands).
Compliance with ethical standards
All experiments were approved by the institutional animal care and use.
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