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Concept: Rosacea


Abstract Background The oral tetracyclines, especially minocycline hydrochloride, are often used as an effective treatment for perioral dermatitis, however they are sometimes difficult to use because of the side effects, especially in children. Objective The effectiveness of β-lactam antibiotics was evaluated in three cases of perioral dermatitis. Methods Three Japanese patients with perioral dermatitis were treated with cefcapene pivoxil hydrochloride hydrate per os 100 to 300 mg per day. They were one girl (age 10) and two adult women (age 32, 37). One of the adult patients had a past history of Meniere’s disease and the other had had a side effect, vertigo, from minocycline hydrochloride treatment. The presence of fusobacteria before and after the treatment was examined using the tape-stripping toluidine blue method. Results These patients showed the improvement in 1 to 2 weeks and were much improved or cured after 2 to 5 weeks. No side effects were found during the treatment. Fusobacteria were positive before treatment but became negative after the treatment in all of them. Conclusion β-lactam antibiotics might be a useful treatment for perioral dermatitis, especially in cases who cannot take tetracyclines.

Concepts: Effect, Effectiveness, Ménière's disease, Adverse effect, Acne vulgaris, Rosacea, Tetracycline antibiotics, Minocycline


The aim of this study is to quantify D. folliculorum colonisation in rosacea subtypes and age-matched controls and to determine the relationship between D. folliculorum load, rosacea subtype and skin innate immune system activation markers. We set up a multicentre, cross-sectional, prospective study in which 98 adults were included: 50 with facial rosacea, including 18 with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), and 32 with papulopustular rosacea (PPR) and 48 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Non-invasive facial samples were taken to quantify D. folliculorum infestation by quantitative PCR and evaluate inflammatory and immune markers. Analysis of the skin samples show that D. folliculorum was detected more frequently in rosacea patients than age-matched controls (96% vs 74%, P < 0.01). D. folliculorum density was 5.7 times higher in rosacea patients than in healthy volunteers. Skin sample analysis showed a higher expression of genes encoding pro-inflammatory cytokines (Il-8, Il-1b, TNF-a) and inflammasome-related genes (NALP-3 and CASP-1) in rosacea, especially PPR. Overexpression of LL-37 and VEGF, as well as CD45RO, MPO and CD163, was observed, indicating broad immune system activation in patients with rosacea. In conclusion, D. folliculorum density is highly increased in patients with rosacea, irrespective of rosacea subtype. There appears to be an inverse relationship between D. folliculorum density and inflammation markers in the skin of rosacea patients, with clear differences between rosacea subtypes.

Concepts: Immune system, Inflammation, Gene expression, Molecular biology, Innate immune system, Immunity, Rosacea, Acneiform eruptions


To delineate signals by which the vascular abnormalities inherent to ocular rosacea arise and to correlate these signals with elements of the innate immune system.

Concepts: Immune system, Innate immune system, Toll-like receptor, Immunity, Pattern recognition receptor, Rosacea


A simple and especially rapid method, pressurized liquid extraction, has been developed and applied to the quantitative determination of oxytetracycline, tetracycline, chlortetracycline, minocycline, methacycline, demeclocycline and doxycycline in egg, fish and shrimp. The procedure consisted of a trichloracetic acid/methanol extraction conducted at elevated temperature (60°C) and pressure (65bar), without further clean-up, the extraction solution was concentrated and finally for high-performance liquid chromatography analysis. The limits of detection were 5.0-10.0μg/kg and the limits of quantification were 10.0-15.0μg/kg for tetracyclines in egg, fish and shrimp using UV detection. The analytical limits CCα and CCβ were also calculated. The recoveries of tetracyclines spiked at levels of 15-300μg/kg, averaged 75.6-103.5% with the relative standard deviation values less than 11%. The optimized procedure has been successfully applied to real samples in our laboratories. It demonstrated that the new method was robust and useful for monitoring and quantification of 7 tetracycline residues in food of animal origin.

Concepts: Scientific method, Chromatography, High performance liquid chromatography, Standard deviation, Deviation, Acne vulgaris, Rosacea, Tetracycline antibiotics


Abstract Background: Acne scarring has lifelong sequelae. Fractional photothermolysis (FP) has been shown to provide fast recovery from acne within a short period, thereby aiding skin rejuvenation. Isotretinoin is a well-known, effective drug for the treatment of severe recalcitrant acne. This study investigated the safety and the efficacy of infrared fractional laser treatment in conjunction with low-dose isotretinoin for the treatment of acne and acne scars. Materials: A 1550 nm Erbium-doped fiber laser was used to treat 35 patients with acne scarring. All the patients had taken isotretinoin (10 mg/day) for more than one month prior to the commencement of the fractional laser treatment. Results: There was no aggravation of acne scars, hypertrophic scars, or keloids. Most of the patients (33 patients) received reduced microthermal damage zone (MTZ) treatment. Eighty percent of the treated patients (28 patients) demonstrated more than a fair improvement. The total average score on the global acne scarring classification before treatment was 13.5, and the score after treatment was 11.2. Conclusion: Acne and acne scars can be treated more effectively by concomitant use of an infrared fractional laser with low-dose isotretinoin with reduced MTZ densities. Most patients showed more than a fair improvement, and there was no aggravation of the scars.

Concepts: Scar, Optical fiber, Laser, Acne vulgaris, Keloid, Rosacea, Isotretinoin, Fiber laser


O-glycans in saliva and tear isolated from patients suffering from ocular rosacea, a form of inflammatory ocular surface disease, were profiled and their structures were elucidated using high resolution mass spectrometry. We have previously shown that certain structures, particularly sulfated oligosaccharides, increased in the tear and saliva of rosacea patients. In this study, the structures of these glycans were elucidated using primarily tandem mass spectrometry. There were important similarities in the glycan profiles of tears and saliva with the majority of the structures in common. The structures of the most abundant species common to both tear and saliva, which were also the most abundant species in both, were elucidated. For sulfated species, the positions of the sulfate groups were localized. The majority of the structures were new, with the sulfated glycans comprising of mucin core 1 and core 2-type structures. As both saliva and tear are rich in mucins, it is suggested that the O-glycans are mainly components of mucins. The study further illustrates the strong correspondence between the glycans in the tear and saliva of ocular rosacea patients.

Concepts: Mass spectrometry, Tears, Tandem mass spectrometry, Sulfate, Mucin, Rosacea, Oligosaccharides, Glycan


Tetracyclines have proven to be safe and effective antibiotics over decades but to date all approved members of the class have been discovered and manufactured by chemical modification of fermentation products, which greatly limits the number of new structures that can be explored as future medicines. This review summarizes research leading to the development of a platform synthetic technology that enabled the discovery of the clinical candidate eravacycline, as well as other promising new tetracycline antibiotics, and provides the basis for a practical route for their manufacture. The approach argues for a reassessment of other antibiotic classes based on natural products for which practical, fully synthetic routes have not yet been developed, suggesting that these may represent underdeveloped resources with great potential to offer safer and more effective anti-infective agents.

Concepts: Medicine, Bacteria, Microorganism, Acne vulgaris, Development, Rosacea, Tetracycline antibiotics, Tetracycline


We report the case of a German female patient presenting with papulopustular rosacea (PPR) with a high count of facial inflammatory lesions and severe erythema who had not responded well to treatment with traditional therapies for a decade. In this patient, a sequential therapy consisting of oral modified-release doxycycline 40 mg (initially as monotherapy, then in combination with topical metronidazole), followed by topical ivermectin 10 mg/g was both rapidly active and effective. Following reduction of the inflammation with modified-release doxycycline 40 mg upfront and the disease becoming moderate in severity, the dose of this agent could be reduced and combination therapy with metronidazole 7.5 mg/g lotion started to continue decreasing inflammatory lesions count and erythema severity, before treatment with the recently approved agent ivermectin 10 mg/g was implemented to provide almost complete clearance. This sequential treatment was effective in reducing both the number of papules and pustules and the severity of erythema, with a good safety profile. In addition, a large improvement was documented in the patient’s DLQI score, contributing to her overall wellbeing.

J Drugs Dermatol. 2016;15(6):769-771.

Concepts: Patient, Redox, Therapy, Cutaneous conditions, Flushing, Acne vulgaris, Rosacea, Acneiform eruptions


A commercially available point measurement device, the Mexameter(®), and an experimental RGB imaging prototype device were used for erythema index estimation of 50 rosacea patients by analysing the level of skin redness on the forehead, both cheeks and both sides of a nose. Results are compared with Clinician’s Erythema Assessment (CEA) values given by two dermatologists. The Mexameter uses 568 nm and 660 nm LEDs and a photodetector for estimation of erythema index, while the used prototype device acquired RGB images at 460 nm, 530 nm and 665 nm LED illumination. Several erythema index estimation algorithms were compared to determine which one gives the best contrast between increased erythema and normal skin. The erythema index estimations and CEA values correlated much better for the RGB imaging data than for those obtained by the conventional Mexameter technique that is widely used by dermatologists and in clinical trials. In result, we propose an erythema index estimation approach that represents increased erythema with higher accuracy than other available methods.

Concepts: Clinical trial, Estimator, Hospital, Measurement, Light-emitting diode, Estimation, Rosacea, The Used


New pharmacotherapies to treat alcohol use disorders (AUD) are needed. Given the complex nature of AUD, there likely exist multiple novel drug targets. We, and others, have shown that the tetracycline drugs, minocycline and doxycycline, reduced ethanol (EtOH) drinking in mice. To test the hypothesis that suppression of high EtOH consumption is a general property of tetracyclines, we screened several derivatives for antidrinking activity using the Drinking-In-the-Dark (DID) paradigm. Active drugs were studied further using the dose-response relationship.

Concepts: Pharmacology, Alcohol, Carbon dioxide, Ethanol, Drugs, Acne vulgaris, Rosacea, Tetracycline antibiotics