Defining Epidermal Stem Cell Fate Infidelity and Immunogenicity in Hidradenitis Suppurativa at the Single-Cell Resolution

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M. MarohnCatherine Pei-Ju Lu


Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a severe chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting human apocrine sweat gland-bearing skin regions. One unique feature of HS is the development of keratinized sinus tracts that grow extensively deep in the dermis and are highly immunogenic. Here, we demonstrated that the stem cell fate infidelity exists in the HS sinus tracts, which exhibit features of both surface epidermis and appendages. Using single cell transcriptome analyses, we finely dissected different compartments of the HS epithelium and identified their respective changes in cytokine expression during disease progression and the critical interactions with the immune cells. Together, our work provides advanced understanding of the pathological epidermal remodeling and important implications for HS therapeutics.

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