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Exploring the Impact of Immune-Mediated Lipolysis on the Pathophysiology of Psoriasis

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Principal Investigator: Monika Bambouskova, Ph.D.
Washington University in St.Louis

Grant Mechanism: Discovery Grant
Funding Amount: $75,000
Project Start Date: August 1, 2024
Project End Date: July 31, 2025
Status: Active
Keywords: Comorbidity, Psoriasis, Immunology, Metabolic Diseases, Inflammation, Diet, Cell Signaling

Project Summary:

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition with severe impact of human life. The increasing incidence of obesity, a major health concern worldwide, is closely linked to a higher risk of developing psoriasis. Importantly, being obese can make standard anti-inflammatory treatments for psoriasis less effective. Our research focuses on how the body's metabolism works together with the immune system and our preliminary data suggest a novel connection between lipid metabolism and psoriasis. In this proposal, we aim to explore the contribution of immune-regulated fat breakdown to how psoriasis starts and how severe it becomes, especially in people dealing with obesity.

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