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Department of Dermatology
4157 Genome Sciences Building


  • Structure and function of cell-cell matrix proteins in the skin.
  • Skin autoimmunity and inflammation.
  • Humoral and innate immune responses in skin blistering diseases.


Heimbach L, Li Z, Berkowitz P, Zhao M, Li N, Rubenstein D, Diaz L, and Liu Z. ^ The C5a receptor on mast cells is critical for the autoimmune skin blistering disease bullous pemphigoib. J. Biol chem. 286:15003-15009, 2011.

Liu Z, Sui W., Zhao M, Li Z, Li N, Thresher R, Giudice GJ, Fairley JA, Sitaru C, Zillikens D, Gang, N, Marinkovich P, and Diaz LA. Subepidermal Blistering Induced by Human Autoantibodies to BP180 Requires Innate Immune Players in a Humanized Bullous Pemphigoid Mouse Model. J. Autoimmune. 31:331-338, 2008.

Liu Z, Zhao M, Li N, Diaz LA, and Mayadas TN. Differential roles of beta2 integrins in experimental autoimmune bullous pemphigoid. Blood. 107:1063-1069, 2006.

Zhao, M., Trimbeger, M.E., Li, N., Diaz, L.A., Shapiro, S.D., and Liu, Z. Role of Fc receptors in autoimmune bullous pemphigoid. J. Immunol. 177:3398-3405, 2006.

Nelson K.C., Zhao, M., Schroeder P.R., Li, N., Westel, R.A., Diaz, L.A., and Liu, Z. Role of different pathways of the complement cascade in experimental bullous pemphigoid. J. Clin. Invest. 116:2892-2900, 2006.

Liu, Z., Li, N., Diaz, L.A., Shipley, J.M., Senior, R.M., and Werb, Z. Synergy between a Plasminogen Cascade and MMP-9 in Autoimmune Disease. J. Clin. Invest. 115:879-887, 2005.

Li, N., Zhao, M., Hilario-Vargas, J., Prisayanh, P., Warren, S., Diaz, L.A., Roopenian, D.C., and Liu, Z. Complete FcRn Dependence for IVIG Therapy in Autoimmune Skin Blistering Diseases. J. Clin. Invest. 115:3440-3450, 2005.

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