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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

  • Vitiligo


The keratinocytes of lesional skin of vitiligo compared to normal and perilesional skin will differentially express genes correlating with melanocyte death. Narrow Band UVB should then hopefully reverse the pattern of gene expression back toward normal.

Study summary:

Vitiligo is a disease caused by the disappearance of melanocytes in the epidermis. The pathogenesis of vitiligo is multifactorial. Theories include autoimmunity, neural, apoptosis and cytotoxicity. The medical treatments for vitiligo are marginal with a 40-60% response rate which does not guarantee full repigmentation. Understanding the pathogenesis of vitiligo will allow better targets for treatment. Previous analysis of skin biopsies have found several of the changes in gene expression occurred in immune regulation, DNA replication and repair, oncogenes, signal transducers and transcription factors. These results give us insight as to what happens in lesional vs nonlesional skin which contains the epidermis, dermis, fat, blood vessels and immune cells. We have the technology today to study specific cell populations from tissue by the use of laser capture microdissection. We propose to use this technique to study the keratinocyte population in vitiligo skin because past evidence suggests that they may play a role. In addition, the role keratinocytes in vitiligo may be important for treatment as this would be the ideal target for therapy. Keratinocytes have been studied in vitiligo. The aim of the study is to isolate keratinocytes from normal skin, perilesional and lesional skin in vitiligo patients by laser capture microdissection and characterize their gene expression profile by gene microarray analysis and to compare keratinocyte gene expression in normal, perilesional and lesional vitiligo skin before and after narrow band UVB treatment.


Inclusion Criteria: Patients should have non-treated symmetrically active vitiligo for 3 months. Exclusion Criteria: Less than 18 years old and older that 65, pregnant women, segmental or nonactive vitiligo, patients treated for vitiligo in past 3 month, patients on topical steroid medications, topical tacrolimus or elidel, patients receiving ultraviolet therapy including narrow band UVB, PUVA or tanning beds.



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Principal Investigator
Mimi Cho, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute

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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
United States

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Date Processed: March 26, 2020

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