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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(12), 2684; doi:10.3390/ijms18122684

Molecular Mechanisms and Management of a Cutaneous Inflammatory Disorder: Psoriasis

Department of Dermatology, Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 07345, Korea
Department of Life Science, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul 04310, Korea
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Received: 30 November 2017 / Revised: 7 December 2017 / Accepted: 7 December 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Inflammatory Skin Conditions 2017)
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Psoriasis is a complex chronic inflammatory cutaneous disorder. To date, robust molecular mechanisms of psoriasis have been reported. Among diverse aberrant immunopathogenetic mechanisms, the current model emphasizes the role of Th1 and the IL-23/Th17 axis, skin-resident immune cells and major signal transduction pathways involved in psoriasis. The multiple genetic risk loci for psoriasis have been rapidly revealed with the advent of a novel technology. Moreover, identifying epigenetic modifications could bridge the gap between genetic and environmental risk factors in psoriasis. This review will provide a better understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis by unraveling the complicated interplay among immunological abnormalities, genetic risk foci, epigenetic modification and environmental factors of psoriasis. With advances in molecular biology, diverse new targets are under investigation to manage psoriasis. The recent advances in treatment modalities for psoriasis based on targeted molecules are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: biologics; epigenetics; genetics; interleukin-23; psoriasis; signaling pathway; small molecules; T helper 17 cells biologics; epigenetics; genetics; interleukin-23; psoriasis; signaling pathway; small molecules; T helper 17 cells

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Woo, Y.R.; Cho, D.H.; Park, H.J. Molecular Mechanisms and Management of a Cutaneous Inflammatory Disorder: Psoriasis. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 2684.

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