IMMUNOLOGIC BASIS OF SKIN DISEASE
Rhett J. Drugge, MD
Graft-Versus Host Disease, This event is secondary to allogeneic engraftment of bone marrow derived cells. The most common clinical setting is following bone marrow transplant, although GVHD may be seen following any type of organ engraftment, including blood transfusions of non-irradiated cells in immunocompromised hosts. (post-mortem, escutcheon , thigh , thigh 2 )
Histology features: minimal hyperkeratosis, vacuolar interface dermatitis, satellite lymphocytes induce dyskeratosis (apoptosis ) and pigment incontinence. (H&E, 1 , 2 )
Pathogenesis: GVHD fits a classical model of cell mediated immunity. Apoptosis is triggered in keratinocytes by the expression of the FAS receptor and subsequent interaction with the FAS ligand on T-cells (Markusse , Ju ).
Classification--GVHD occurs in acute and chronic variants.
Acute GVHD is defined as occuring within three month of the engraftment.
Stage 1 (mild): a skin rash over less than 25% of the body.
Stage 2 (moderate): a skin rash over a more than 25% of the body accompanied by mild liver or stomach and intestinal disorders.
Stage 3 (severe): redness of the skin, similar to a severe sunburn, and moderate liver, stomach and intestinal problems.
Stage 4 (life-threatening): blistering, peeling skin, and severe liver, stomach, and intestinal problems.
Chronic GVHD is defined as occuring more that three months after the engraftment event. This disease is similar to scleroderma and eosinophilic fasciitis in its clinical manifestations. Eosinophilic fasciitis has also been seen after bone marrow transplant (Markusse ).
Vitiligo, (patient advocacy , email patient support list) This condition is associated with an undefined immunologic mechanism. Possible pathogenic mechanism include antibody mediated immunity. Patients with vitiligo have been found to have circulating antibodies to melanocytes which effect in vitro complement-mediated cytolysis (Cui , Norrris ). Persistent viral infections such as HIV have been postulated to be trigger factors for the development of vitiligo (Duvic , Tojo ). Vitiligo is also seen in association with other defects of cell mediated immunity such as atopy. Nevomelanocytic destruction in normal and neoplastic nevomelanocytic lesions are seen commonly and are associated with vitiliginous changes. Clinical nomenclature for these conditions are Sutton's nevus (leukoderma centrifugm aquisita) and regression with respect to melanoma (Wagner , Gross , Kossard , Nordlund ). Vitiligo autoantibodies from humans have been demonstrated to be effective against melanoma in a mouse model (Fishman ).
Classification: site dependent
Localized, Dermatomal, Generalized, acral, orificial, psoriasiform
Treatment: The therapeutic success of epidermal grafting for vitiligo is limited primarily to suffby the koebner phenomenon (Hatchtome ).
Apoptosis, a highly selective form of "cell suicide" with characteristic morphological and biochemical features: chromatin condensation, formation of apoptotic bodies, and DNA fragmentation by activation of endonucleases.
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