Amino Acids

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 789–796 | Cite as

Novel S100A7 (psoriasin)/S100A15 (koebnerisin) subfamily: highly homologous but distinct in regulation and function

  • Ronald WolfEmail author
  • Thomas Ruzicka
  • Stuart H. Yuspa
Review Article


S100A7 (psoriasin) and S100A15 (koebnerisin) were first identified in inflamed psoriatic skin. They are of major interest because of their putative functional roles in innate immunity, epidermal cell maturation, and epithelial tumorigenesis. Human S100A7 and S100A15 have lately evolved by gene duplications within the epidermal differentiation complex (chromosome 1q21) during primate evolution forming a novel S100 subfamily. Therefore, S100A7 and S100A15 are almost identical in sequence (>90%) and are difficult to discriminate. Despite their high homology, S100A7 and S100A15 are distinct in tissue distribution, regulation, and function, and thus, exemplary for the diversity within the S100 family. Their different properties are compelling reasons to discriminate S100A7 (psoriasin) and S100A15 (koebnerisin) in epithelial homeostasis, inflammation, and cancer.


Calcium-binding protein S100 Koebnerisin Psoriasin Evolution Paralogs RAGE Innate immunity Inflammation Cancer 



Untranslated region


Epidermal differentiation complex


Long human S100A15 transcript


Short human S100A15 transcript


Toll-like receptor


Receptor of advanced glycated end products



This work was supported by grants from the Intramural Research Program of the NIH, National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, and the German Research Foundation (DFG).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald Wolf
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Thomas Ruzicka
    • 2
  • Stuart H. Yuspa
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics, Center for Cancer ResearchNational Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyLudwig-Maximilian University MunichMunichGermany

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