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Cytokine regulation of the epidermal barrier



Graham Ogg, MRC Human Immunology Unit, University of Oxford, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford, OX3 9DS, UK.



Studies published in recent years have highlighted the role of epidermal barrier defects in both atopic skin disease and the development of broader allergic manifestations. While genetic determinants of barrier function are important, it is clear that local acquired effects are also involved in disease pathogenesis. In this review, we aimed to summarize the known influences of cytokines abundantly expressed during atopic skin disease on components of epidermal barrier integrity and function.