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Professor of Dermatology
Office: 2080 Medical Laboratories200 Hawkins DriveIowa City, IA 52242
Email: email@example.comWeb: Dermatology DepartmentWeb: Immunology Graduate Program
BS, Biology and Chemistry, High Honors, University of IllinoisMA, Biology, Princeton University, Princeton NJPhD, Cell Biology, Department of Biology, Princeton University, Princeton NJ
Fellowship, Biology Department/Malcom S. Steinberg Lab, Princeton University, New JerseyPost Doctoral, NIH Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago/Elaine V. Fuchs Lab
Biosciences Graduate ProgramInterdisciplinary Graduate Program in ImmunologyInterdisciplinary Graduate Program in Translational BiomedicineMedical Scientist Training Program
BP180, a protein expressed by keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, plays a prominent role in several skin diseases – both acquired and inherited – that are characterized by a detachment of the epidermis from the underlying basement membrane. Through the use of both in vivo and in vitro model systems, our laboratory has shown that autoantibodies against BP180 play a critical role in the pathogenesis of one such disease, bullous pemphigoid. We identified key factors in the multi-step pathogenic mechanism of this disease. Our recent work in collaboration with Dr. Janet Fairley (Head of Dermatology, U. Iowa) represents the first time a pathogenic role has been ascribed to a specific IgE class autoantibody in an autoimmune disease.
Our studies of blistering skin diseases have provided insights into the structural and functional properties of the BP180 protein. Future directions for our lab include identifying BP180 interactor molecules, probing structure/function relationships within BP180, characterizing the cell signaling properties of this protein (both autoantibody-mediated and ligand-mediated), and using this information to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for various disorders of the dermal-epidermal junction.
Center for Immunology and Immune-based Diseases
Van den Bergh F,
Collagen XVII (BP180) modulates keratinocyte expression of the pro-inflammatory chemokine, IL-8.
2012 August. 21(8):605-611.
Date Last Modified: 09/18/2014 -
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