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The virtue of moderation (PRP Part 4)

Acanthosis nigricans
Acanthosis nigricans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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(Platelet-rich Plasma)

Insulin like growth factor 1 and 2 (IGF-1 and IGF-2) have potent anabolic effects through the activation of AKT signalling pathway. Both are stimulators of cell growth and proliferation and inhibitor of apoptosis. Though it sounds attractive as far as anti-ageing is concerned, we must be mindful of its role in Acanthosis Nigricans. Acanthosis nigricans (AN) is a condition characterized by thickening and hyperpigmentation of the skin, typically of the intertriginous surfaces and neck. AN is emerging as an important clinical marker of insulin resistance (IR), where the associated hyperinsulinemia is thought to activate IGF-1 and FGFR receptors, thereby inducing the proliferation of keratinocytes. Increased bioavailability of IGF-1 has been implicated in AN (1).

1. Bhandari S et.al. Acanthosis Nigricans in Insulin Resistance Results from High IGF-1 and Insulin Levels. (http://professional.diabetes.org/Abstracts_Display.aspx?TYP=1&CID=52439)

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As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.

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