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Using infrared and raman microspectroscopies to compare ex vivo involved psoriatic skin with normal human skin
2015-06-17, Lefèvre, Thierry, Auger, Michèle, Laroche, Gaétan, Leroy, Marie, Pouliot, Roxane
Psoriasis is a chronic dermatosis that affects around 3% of the world’s population. The etiology of this autoimmune pathology is not completely understood. The barrier function of psoriatic skin is known to be strongly altered, but the structural modifications at the origin of this dysfunction are not clear. To develop strategies to reduce symptoms of psoriasis or adequate substitutes for modeling, a deep understanding of the organization of psoriatic skin at a molecular level is required. Infrared and Raman microspectroscopies have been used to obtain direct molecular-level information on psoriatic and healthy human skin biopsies. From the intensities and positions of specific vibrational bands, the lipid and protein distribution and the lipid order have been mapped in the different layers of the skin. Results showed a similar distribution of lipids and collagen for normal and psoriatic human skin. However, psoriatic skin is characterized by heterogeneity in lipid/protein composition at the micrometer scale, a reduction in the definition of skin layer boundaries and a decrease in lipid chain order in the stratum corneum as compared to normal skin. A global decrease of the structural organization is exhibited in psoriatic skin that is compatible with an alteration of its barrier properties.
A comparative study between human skin substitutes and normal human skin using Raman microspectroscopy
2014-02-12, Labbé, Jean-François, Jean, Jessica, Auger, Michèle, Ouellet, Marise, Laroche, Gaétan, Leroy, Marie, Pouliot, Roxane, Lefèvre, Thierry
Research in the field of bioengineered skin substitutes is motivated by the need to find new dressings for people affected by skin injuries (burns, diabetic ulcers), and to develop adequate skin models to test new formulations developed in vitro. Thanks to advances in tissue engineering, it is now possible to produce human skin substitutes without any exogenous material, using the self-assembly method developed by the Laboratoire d’Organogénèse Expérimentale. These human skin substitutes consist of a dermis and a stratified epidermis (stratum corneum and living epidermis). Raman microspectroscopy has been used to characterize and compare the molecular organization of skin substitutes with normal human skin. Our results confirm that the stratum corneum is a layer rich in lipids which are well ordered (trans conformers) in both substitutes and normal human skin. The amount of lipids decreases and more gauche conformers appear in the living epidermis in both cases. However, the results also show that there are fewer lipids in the substitutes and that the lipids are more organized in the normal human skin. Concerning the secondary structure of proteins and protein content, the data show that they are similar in the substitutes and in the normal human skin. In fact, the epidermis is rich in α-keratin, whereas the dermis contains mainly type I collagen.
Transdermal diffusion, spatial distribution and physical state of a potential anticancer drug in mouse skin as studied by diffusion and spectroscopic techniques
2018-05-07, Lefèvre, Thierry, Le, Quoc-Chon, Auger, Michèle, Laroche, Gaétan, C. Gaudreault, René.
Background:Understanding the efficiency of a transdermal medical drug requires the characterization of its diffusion process, including its diffusion rate, pathways and physical state. Objective:The aim of this work is to develop a strategy to achieve this goal. Methods:FTIR spectroscopic imaging in conjunction with a Franz cell and HPLC measurements were used to examine the transdermal penetration of deuterated tert-butyl phenylchloroethylurea (tBCEU), a molecule with a potential anticancer action. tBCEU has been solubilized in an expedient solvent mixture and its diffusion in hairless mouse skin has been studied. Results:The results indicate that tBCEU diffuses across the skin for more than 10 hours with a rate comparable to selegiline, an officially-approved transdermal drug. IR image analyses reveal that after 10 hours, tBCEU penetrates skin and that its spatial distribution does not correlate with neither the distribution of lipids nor proteins. tBCEU accumulates in cluster domains but overall low concentrations are found in skin. FTIR spectroscopic imaging additionally reveals that tBCEU is in a crystalline form. Conclusions:The results suggest that tBCEU is conveyed through the skin without preferential pathway. FTIR spectroscopic imaging and transdermal diffusion measurements appear as complementary techniques to investigate drug diffusion in skin.