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Christina FOTIADOU's publications (5)

Scalp psoriasis and biologic agents: a retrospective, comparative study from a tertiary psoriasis referral centre.

Dec, 2016

The scalp is a frequent and difficult-to-treat localization of psoriasis. Little evidence exists regarding the use of biologic agents in recalcitrant cases of scalp psoriasis that are resistant to other treatment options. read more

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV

Psoriasis and uveitis: links and risks.


Uveitis, an inflammatory disorder of the mid-portion of the eye, is considered a relatively rare but very serious ocular complication of psoriasis. Data on the specific characteristics of uveitis in the background of psoriasis are extremely limited. The presence of uveitis in the context of psoriasis has been estimated to occur in 7-20% of the psoriasis cases. This incidence tends to be higher in patients suffering from psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or PSA alone. Psoriatic uveitis is usually bilateral, chronic, and severe. In term of pathogenesis, both psoriasis and uveitis are considered as paradigms of T-helper 1/T-helper 17 (Th1/Th17) inflammatory reactions. Certain cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF- α), Interleukin-17 (IL-17), IL-23, and IL-6 play a significant role in the pathogenesis of both psoriasis and uveitis. As uveitis shares common pathogenetic mechanisms with psoriasis in certain circumstances, both diseases may benefit from the same targeted biologic therapies. Undiagnosed and under-treated cases of psoriatic uveitis may cause significant morbidity and even vision loss. Larger prospective studies are needed in order to further investigate the association between these two entities. read more

Psoriasis (Auckland, N.Z.)

Targeting IL-23 in psoriasis: current perspectives.


The recent advances in the understanding of psoriasis pathogenesis have clarified the pivotal role of interleukin (IL)-23. It is a heterodimeric cytokine consisting of two subunits, the unique p19 and the p40, which are shared with IL-12. The basic role of IL-23 in psoriasis is the activation and maintenance of the T-helper 17 pathway. New research findings indicate that IL-23 is more important than IL-12 in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Based on that background, the selective targeting of the IL-23p19 subunit emerged as an attractive therapeutic option and led to the development of a new category of biologic agents. Three monoclonal antibodies that selectively inhibit the IL-23p19 subunit, guselkumab, tildrakizumab, and risankizumab, are in the pipeline for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis. In this article, we review the most recent efficacy and safety data regarding these IL-23p19 inhibitors. read more

Psoriasis (Auckland, N.Z.)
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