Mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of psoriasis: a comprehensive review.

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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have recently been shown to have not only regenerative capabilities but also immunomodulating properties. For this reason, they are currently under investigation in clinical trials for the treatment of several autoimmune systemic disorders. Psoriasis is a systemic immune-mediated disease for which MSCs could have therapeutic potential. We analysed the existing literature with regard to MSC-based strategies for the treatment of psoriasis. by conduction a review of the existing literature on MSCs as a possible therapy for psoriasis, using the MEDLINE, Embase, Scopus and Cochrane Library electronic databases from inception to the date of study. A number of studies confirm the involvement of MSCs in psoriasis pathogenesis and therefore designate MSCs as an important potential therapeutic tool in this setting. Preclinical data are mostly based on imiquimod-induced (IMQ) murine models of psoriasis, and confirm the anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory action of MSCs in the setting of psoriasis. Six patients affected by psoriasis were described in four clinical studies. Despite significant differences in terms of therapeutic protocols and clinical outcomes, the MSC-based regimens were efficacious in 100% of the cases. Despite more data still being needed, MSCs could be a promising therapy for psoriasis.

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