Background: Hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa (HS) is a chronic, recurrent inflammatory skin disease. Its pivotal pathogenetic event is believed to be the occlusion of the hair follicle generating a perifollicular lympho-histiocytic inflammation. However, knowledge of the exact HS pathogenesis requires further research.
Objective: To develop a human HS model applicable in preclinical research which could help to understand the pathophysiology of HS and to determine the action of therapeutic candidates.
Methods: The 3D-SeboSkin technology was applied to maintain explants of involved and uninvolved skin of HS patients ex vivo for 3 days. Detection of differential expression of previously detected HS biomarkers was performed by immunohistochemistry in a group of female patients (n = 9, mean age 37.2 +/- 8.4 years).
Results: The application of the 3D-SeboSkin model preserved the structural integrity of lesional and perilesional HS skin ex vivo, as previously described for healthy skin. Moreover, the HS 3D-SeboSkin setting maintained the differential expression and pattern of several HS biomarkers (S100A9, KRT16, SERPINB3) in epidermal and dermal tissue and the appendages.
Conclusion: We have validated HS 3D-SeboSkin as a reproducible, human model, which is appropriate for preclinical lesional and perilesional HS skin studies ex vivo.