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J Med Genet. 2002 Jun;39(6):377-81.

The p63 gene in EEC and other syndromes.

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  • 1University Medical Centre, Department of Human Genetics 417, Geert Grooteplein 16, 6525 GA Nijmegen, The Netherlands. H.Brunner@ANTRG.AZN.NL


Several autosomal dominantly inherited human syndromes have recently been shown to result from mutations in the p63 gene. These syndromes have various combinations of limb malformations fitting the split hand-split foot spectrum, orofacial clefting, and ectodermal dysplasia. The p63 syndrome family includes the EEC syndrome, AEC syndrome, ADULT syndrome, limb-mammary syndrome, and non-syndromic split hand/foot malformation. The pattern of heterozygous mutations is distinct for each of these syndromes. The functional effects on the p63 proteins also vary between syndromes. In all of these syndromes, the mutation appears to have both dominant negative and gain of function effects rather than causing a simple loss of function.

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