Giampiero Girolomoni, Saveria Pastore, Alberto Giannetti

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Keratinocytes support the initiation and amplification of skin inflammatory and immune responses through the regulated expression of an array of mediators. Keratinocytes cultured from nonlesional skin of atopic dermatitis (AD) patients produce higher amounts of certain cytokines and chemokines compared to keratinocytes cultured from nonatopic subjects. Exaggerated release of these factors can be important for enhanced recruitment as well as sustained survival and activation of inflammatory cells, including dendritic cells and T lymphocytes. Recent evidence indicates that AD keratinocytes have a dysregulated activity of activator protein (AP)-1 transcription factors, which can help to explain the abnormal expression of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and other cytokines and suggests the existence of molecular mechanisms targeting atopic inflammation to the skin of AD patients. In this chapter we outline current knowledge supporting the concept that keratinocytes actively contribute to the pathogenesis of AD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtopic Dermatitis
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780203908877
ISBN (Print)9780824707422
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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