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Journal of Investigative Dermatology ; 143(5 Supplement):S38, 2023.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2294989


Vaccines based on recombinant mRNA technology helped to control the pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). Clinical trials for showed that these vaccines are safe and effective and promote a strong type 1 driven T cell response. Yet, several reports claimed that SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccination might favor the onset, worsening or the reactivation of autoimmune disorders like pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid. However, no study demonstrated a direct immunological link between mRNA vaccination and disease appearance/worsening. We aimed to analyze the immunological and clinical effects exerted by mRNA booster vaccinations for SARS-CoV-2 in a cohort of patients with pemphigus (n=9), bullous pemphigoid (n=4) and in healthy individuals (n=5). Patients and healthy individuals were monitored at baseline, and after two and four weeks of mRNA vaccination. We assessed the clinical disease status, antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, antibody levels for BP180/230, DSG1/3 and tetanustoxoid. We also determined the distribution of peripheral T helper / T follicular cell subsets, intracellular cytokine production of T cells and cytokine serum levels. Our results show that booster vaccination increased anti spike protein IgG, while tetanustoxoid igC and skin-specific autoantibody titers were not or minimally affected. We observed an increase in Th1/Th17.1 cells, together with an increase in the intracellular production of IFN-gamma, IL-4 and IL-21 in peripheral T cells of pemphigus patients. Importantly, clinical activity in both remittent patients and in patients with active disease remained stable. In summary, vaccination with mRNA vaccines induced a specific activation of the humoral system with production of protective antibodies against the Sars-CoV-2 spike protein without affecting autoimmune disease activity in patients with pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid.Copyright © 2023