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Molecular Biologic Assessment of Cutaneous Specimens of Ocular Rosacea.

Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 May 21;

Authors: Wladis EJ, Iglesias BV, Adam AP, Gosselin EJ

PURPOSE:: To characterize the molecular biologic environment of pathological skin in ocular rosacea and to differentiate the levels of inflammatory molecules in ocular rosacea from those of normal skin. METHODS:: The concentrations of 48 molecules were assayed in cutaneous biopsies taken from patients with ocular rosacea and from normal controls. RESULTS:: There were very few molecular differences between the 2 groups, and 43 of the 48 molecules that were measured in this study were not significantly different between the 2 groups. The concentrations of 5 molecules (interleukin-1β, interleukin-16, stem cell factor, monocyte chemotactic protein-1, and monokine induced by γ-interferon) were significantly enriched in ocular rosacea. CONCLUSION:: Ocular rosacea is a highly ordered molecular process and involves elevations in the concentrations of specific molecules. The particular pattern of enrichment supports the notion that ocular rosacea represents a disorder of innate immunity. Furthermore, these molecules may represent novel therapeutic targets in the future management of this disorder.

PMID: 22617640 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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