Inflammatory Cells from Various Pathologies

Inflammatory Cells From Various Pathologies

The objective of this experiment is to develop and validate in vitro methods to isolate inflammatory cells from skin biopsies for quantitative flow cytometry analysis. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) will also be performed using skin biopsy samples to validate flow cytometry results. Such methods could eventually be used to better understand the pathophysiology and the mechanism of action of various medications in patients with atopic dermatitis, acne rosacea or vulgaris, HS, and systemic sclerosis. In this study, up to 15 healthy volunteers, 50 patients with atopic dermatitis, 15 patients with acne rosacea, 15 patients with psoriasis (to be used as control), 15 patients with acne vulgaris, 10 patients with psoriasis to develop a method of analysis for systemic sclerosis, and 10 patients with HS will be recruited. For the healthy volunteers, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and HS groups, at least one (1) and a maximum of four (4) skin biopsies (4-5 mm) per subject will be performed. Biopsies will be performed on either the trunk or the limbs, excluding the hands and the feet. At least one (1) and a maximum of three (3) skin biopsies (2-3 mm) per subject will be collected for the acne rosacea and acne vulgaris groups from one or more body location(s) affected by the pathology. For patients with atopic dermatitis, an optional blood draw of up to 10 mL will be collected to measure serum IgE levels. For patients with atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and HS, an optional blood collection of up to 50 mL will be collected to perform flow cytometry on circulating blood cells to study differences in flow cytometry results between cells extracted from biopsies and circulating cells.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Development of a Method to Isolate Inflammatory Cells From Skin Biopsies of Patients With Various Pathologies for Quantitative Flow Cytometry Analysis