Epidermal keratinocytes express the adhesion molecule intercellular adhesion molecule-1 in inflammatory dermatoses.


Journal Article

Using indirect immunofluorescence assays on frozen tissue sections of skin from healthy subjects and subjects with inflammatory skin diseases, we found that intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) was expressed in a cell surface pattern on epidermal keratinocytes at the site of lymphoid infiltration in cutaneous dermatoses. ICAM-1 was not expressed on epidermal keratinocytes in noninflamed skin. Its expression was not related solely to epidermal hyperproliferation, as hyperproliferative, tape-stripped epidermis did not express ICAM-1. We have reported previously that ICAM-1 expression on epidermal keratinocytes was upregulated by treatment with interferon gamma and that activated T lymphocytes bound to cultured epidermal keratinocytes in vitro by lymphocyte function associated-1 (LFA-1) molecules on T cells and ICAM-1 on epidermal keratinocytes. Taken together, these data suggest that upregulation of expression of ICAM-1 is an important feature of cutaneous inflammation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Singer, KH; Tuck, DT; Sampson, HA; Hall, RP

Published Date

  • May 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 92 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 746 - 750

PubMed ID

  • 2469738

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2469738

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-202X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1523-1747.ep12722441


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States