222 Whole-blood immune profile in hidradenitis suppurativa

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Journal of Investigative Dermatology


Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), a chronic inflammatory skin condition with a multifactorial etiology, has a complex cutaneous immune reaction localized around the hair follicles in intertriginous skin. HS pathogenesis remains enigmatic, although some hypotheses have been proposed. Increasing evidence of the association between HS and other inflammatory conditions (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease) and cardiovascular disease suggests that patients with HS have underlying systemic inflammation. To date, few studies have sought to understand the systemic changes that occur in the immune system of HS patients. One recent study performed bulk RNA-sequencing on peripheral blood mononuclear and showed minor differences in transcriptomes of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, but bulk RNA-sequencing does not have the capacity to identify specific changes in cellular subsets. To determine whether specific systemic changes occur in HS patients we performed CyTOF using a standardized panel that identifies 37 immune cell subpopulations in whole blood. We analyzed whole blood samples from 8 HS and 7 healthy controls. Compared to healthy controls, HS patients had an increased frequency of plasmablasts and a decreased frequency of CD66b- neutrophils. Furthermore, marked differences in monocyte subclasses showed a shift from classical monocytes (CD14+ CD16-) towards intermediate (CD14+ CD16+) and non-classical subsets (CD14dim CD16+) in HS. We also identified a large population of CDR45RO+ CCR6+ CD38+ intermediate monocytes in HS, which was largely absent in healthy controls. Taken together our results support previous studies highlighting the role of neutrophils and B cells in HS pathogenesis, and identify newly discovered monocyte dynamics in peripheral blood of HS patients further supporting widespread inflammation as a feature of HS.





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