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Reduction of regulatory T cells in skin lesions but not in peripheral blood of patients with systemic scleroderma
  1. S Klein1,
  2. C C Kretz1,
  3. V Ruland2,
  4. C Stumpf1,
  5. M Haust3,
  6. W Hartschuh4,
  7. M Hartmann4,
  8. A Enk4,
  9. E Suri-Payer1,
  10. N Oberle1,
  11. P H Krammer1,
  12. A Kuhn1,2
  1. 1Division of Immunogenetics, Tumorimmunology Program, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany
  2. 2Department of Dermatology, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany
  3. 3Department of Dermatology, University of Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf, Germany
  4. 4Department of Dermatology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Professor Annegret Kuhn, Department of Dermatology, University of Muenster, Von-Esmarch-Strasse 58, D-48149 Muenster, Germany; kuhnan{at}uni-muenster.de

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  • Funding This study was supported by a Heisenberg scholarship from the German Research Foundation to A.K. (KU 1559/1-2) and in part sponsored by Actelion Pharmaceuticals Deutschland GmbH, Freiburg, Germany.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Ethics Committee, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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Footnotes

  • Funding This study was supported by a Heisenberg scholarship from the German Research Foundation to A.K. (KU 1559/1-2) and in part sponsored by Actelion Pharmaceuticals Deutschland GmbH, Freiburg, Germany.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Ethics Committee, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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