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Collagen XVII and pathomechanisms of junctional epidermolysis bullosa and gestational pemphigoid

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Author: Huilaja, Laura1,2,3
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology and Venereology
2University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
3Oulu University Hospital, Clinical Research Center
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Language: English
Published: 2008
Publish Date: 2008-04-08
Thesis type: Doctoral Dissertation
Defence Note: Academic dissertation to be presented, with the assent of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oulu, for public defence in Auditorium 5 of Oulu University Hospital, on April 18th, 2008, at 12 noon
Reviewer: Docent Sirkku Peltonen
Docent Leena Pulkkinen


Transmembrane collagen XVII (BP180) is a structural component of hemidesmosomes that connects the two layers of skin. Collagen XVII is associated with both autoimmune and inherited bullous skin diseases. Mutations in collagen XVII gene cause junctional epidermolysis bullosa, and in the diseases of the pemphigoid group autoantibodies target collagen XVII. In this work, collagen XVII was studied in both junctional epidermolysis bullosa and gestational pemphigoid.

Two novel glycine substitution mutations were found in the largest collagenous domain of collagen XVII. Analysis of recombinantly produced mutated proteins showed that these novel mutations and previously described glycine substitution mutations decrease the thermal stability of collagen XVII ectodomain. In addition, these mutations were found to cause intracellular accumulation of the mutated proteins and affect the post-translational modifications of collagen XVII. Meanwhile, an in-frame deletion of nine amino acids had no effect on the thermal stability or secretion of the collagen XVII ectodomain.

Gestational pemphigoid autoantigen collagen XVII has been mainly studied in the skin, and its expression and function during pregnancy are so far largely unknown. For the first time, collagen XVII was shown to be expressed by cytotrophoblasts of the first trimester human placenta and by cultured cytotrophoblasts. Transmigration assay of cytotrophoblasts indicated that collagen XVII promotes trophoblast invasion, and may thus have a role in placental formation. In addition, significant amounts of in vivo produced collagen XVII were found in the amniotic fluid throughout pregnancy. Collagen XVII expression was also observed in hemidesmosomes of amniotic membranes and in cells cultured from amniotic fluid. These findings suggest that collagen XVII could have a function, albeit so far unknown, during pregnancy.

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Series: Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. D, Medica
ISSN-E: 1796-2234
ISBN: 978-951-42-8774-9
ISBN Print: 978-951-42-8773-2
Issue: 967
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