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Improvement of Psoriasis after Tonsillectomy Is Associated with a Decrease in the Frequency of Circulating T Cells That Recognize Streptococcal Determinants and Homologous Skin Determinants.
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PMID:  22491250     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Exacerbation of chronic psoriasis can be associated with streptococcal throat infections, and T cells that respond to peptide sequences common to streptococcal M proteins and skin keratins have been detected in patients' blood. To our knowledge, we have conducted the first blinded, prospective study to assess the impact of tonsillectomy on psoriasis. Twenty-nine patients with chronic psoriasis and history of exacerbation after sore throat were randomly assigned to tonsillectomy (n = 15) or control (n = 14) groups and monitored for 2 y clinically and by enumeration of circulating skin homing T cells that respond to short homologous M protein or keratin peptides. Thirteen patients (86%) showed sustained improvement after tonsillectomy ranging from 30 to 90% reduction in disease severity. Furthermore, there was a close correlation between the degree of clinical improvement in individual patients and reduction in the frequency of peptide-reactive skin-homing T cells in their circulation. No corresponding clinical or immunologic changes were observed among the controls. These findings indicate that tonsillectomy may have a beneficial effect on chronic psoriasis because the palatine tonsils generate effector T cells that recognize keratin determinants in the skin.
Ragna Hlin Thorleifsdottir; Sigrun Laufey Sigurdardottir; Bardur Sigurgeirsson; Jon Hjaltalin Olafsson; Martin Ingi Sigurdsson; Hannes Petersen; Sigurlaug Arnadottir; Johann Eli Gudjonsson; Andrew Johnston; Helgi Valdimarsson
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-9
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Title:  Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1550-6606     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  2985117R     Medline TA:  J Immunol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Immunology, Landspitali University Hospital, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland;
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