Identification of Disease-Driving T Cells and Antigens in Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata (AA) is mediated by autoreactive T cells, but the antigen(s) targeted in this autoimmune response are unknown. This study seeks to identify disease-driving T cells in the skin of AA patients and characterize the antigens that they recognize. Successful completion of this project will provide mechanistic insights into disease pathogenesis, improve ability to track disease-relevant T cells, and enable development of antigen-specific therapies.
— Chen Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
- Stanford University
- Physician Scientist Career Development Award
Exploring Gene Expression Patterns and Biomarkers of Disease Severity in Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA), which has been associated with uterine fibroids, is unlike other scarring alopecias because fibrosis rather…
Characterizing the Microbiome in Postmenopausal Women with Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus
Vulvar lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory condition that leads to scarring, obliteration of normal vulvar architecture, dyspareunia, and significant…
Cell Signaling Changes Induced by Surgical Debulking May Improve Response to Smoothened Inhibitor Therapy
Smoothened (SMO) inhibitors, such as vismodegib, are effective treatments for locally advanced basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). However, recurrences are frequent…