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zation. Importantly, molecules known as antibodies that target these bacterial products inhibited bacterial spread in the mouse model, leading the authors to suggest that interfering with biofilm detachment mechanisms might provide a new approach to preventing biofilm-associated infections.

TITLE: Staphylococcus epidermidis surfactant peptides promote biofilm maturation and dissemination of biofilm-associated infection in mice

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Michael Otto
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Phone: 301.443.5209; Fax: 301.480.3633; E-mail: motto@niaid.nih.gov.

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DERMATOLOGY: Targeting blood vessel growth to treat psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that arises when immune cells become overactive and generate unneeded inflammatory responses in the skin. Dysregulated growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels (a process known as angiogenesis) is one hallmark of psoriasis, which is also characterized by thick silvery scales on affected areas of skin and itchy, dry, red patches. A team of researchers, led by Michael Schn, at Georg August University, Germany, has now found that reducing angiogenesis in xenotransplantation models of psoriasis and in mice with a disease that resembles psoriasis alleviates disease. They therefore suggest that their non-viral gene therapy approach to reducing angiogenesis might provide a new approach to treating psoriasis and, perhaps, other inflammatory skin disorders characterized by dysregulated angiogenesis.

TITLE: Halting angiogenesis by non-viral somatic gene therapy alleviates psoriasis and murine psoriasiform skin lesions

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