Cutaneous kinase activity correlates with treatment outcomes following PI3K delta inhibition in mice with experimental pemphigoid diseases

Saeedeh Ghorbanalipoor, Shirin Emtenani, Melissa Parker, Mayumi Kamaguchi, Colin Osterloh, Manuela Pigors, Natalie Gross, Stanislav Khil’chenko, Anika Kasprick, Sabrina Patzelt, Diana Wortmann, Ibrahim O. Ibrahim, Kentaro Izumi, Stephanie Goletz, Katharina Boch, Kathrin Kalies, Katja Bieber, Paul Smith, Enno Schmidt, Ralf J. Ludwig*

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Chronic blistering at the skin and/or mucous membranes, accompanied by a varying degree of inflammation, is the clinical hallmark of pemphigoid diseases that impose a major medical burden. Pemphigoid diseases are caused by autoantibodies targeting structural proteins of the epithelial basement membrane. One major pathogenic pathway of skin blistering and inflammation is activation of myeloid cells following Fc gamma receptor-dependent binding to the skin-bound immune complexes. This process requires activation of specific kinases, such as PI3Kδ, which have emerged as potential targets for the treatment of pemphigoid diseases. Yet, it is unknown if global cutaneous kinase activity present in lesional pemphigoid disease correlates with therapeutic effects following treatment with a given target-selective kinase inhibitor. To address this, we here first determined the kinase activity in three different mouse models of pemphigoid diseases: Antibody transfer-induced mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP), antibody transfer-induced epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) and immunization-induced EBA. Interestingly, the kinome signatures were different among the three models. More specifically, PI3Kδ was within the kinome activation network of antibody transfer-induced MMP and immunization-induced EBA, but not in antibody transfer-induced EBA. Next, the therapeutic impact of the PI3Kδ-selective inhibitor parsaclisib was evaluated in the three model systems. In line with the kinome signatures, parsaclisib had therapeutic effects in antibody transfer-induced MMP and immunization-induced EBA, but not in autoantibody-induced EBA. In conclusion, kinase activation signatures of inflamed skin, herein exemplified by pemphigoid diseases, correlate with the therapeutic outcomes following kinase inhibition, demonstrated here by the PI3Kδ inhibitor parsaclisib.

Original languageEnglish
Article number865241
JournalFrontiers in Immunology
Publication statusPublished - 28.09.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)
  • Centers: Center for Research on Inflammation of the Skin (CRIS)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 204-05 Immunology
  • 205-19 Dermatology

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