Document Type : Original Research


1 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Cancer Prevention Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran



Background and Objective: CD137 is a member of the TNF-Receptor family. TNF-alpha antagonists have therapeutic effect in active psoriasis. In this study, the relative frequency of CD137 expression was investigated in the inflammatory cells of psoriasis lesions for the first time.
Methods: The specimens were obtained from pathology department of Al-Zahra hospital from 2007 to 2016, from paraffin-embedded skin biopsies. A number of 64 psoriasis skin lesions specimens and 34 normal skin specimens were rechecked for the diagnosis. Then, the immunohistochemical staining for CD137, CD4, and CD8 was performed.
Results: CD137 expression of dermal inflammatory cells in psoriasis lesion was 11.19±5.5%. Although, in normal skin biopsied, CD137 expression was observed in 1.3±3.03% of the inflammatory cells. (P=0.001). The relative frequency of the CD137 positive inflammatory cells was significantly more in epidermis versus dermis (epidermis: 31.1%±12.8, dermis 11.1%±5.5). There was no remarkable relation between the CD137 expression rate and the CD4: CD8 ratio.
Conclusion: CD137 as a TNF-alpha receptor has a significant role in pathogenesis of the psoriasis lesions. Therefore, CD137 antagonists can be considered as a novel target for the treatment of incurable psoriasis patients.


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