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Nat Genet. 2008 Aug;40(8):963-70. doi: 10.1038/ng.188. Epub 2008 Jul 20.

Ribosomal mutations cause p53-mediated dark skin and pleiotropic effects.

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  • 1Department of Genetics, Division of Radiation and CancerBiology, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.


Mutations in genes encoding ribosomal proteins cause the Minute phenotype in Drosophila and mice, and Diamond-Blackfan syndrome in humans. Here we report two mouse dark skin (Dsk) loci caused by mutations in Rps19 (ribosomal protein S19) and Rps20 (ribosomal protein S20). We identify a common pathophysiologic program in which p53 stabilization stimulates Kit ligand expression, and, consequently, epidermal melanocytosis via a paracrine mechanism. Accumulation of p53 also causes reduced body size and erythrocyte count. These results provide a mechanistic explanation for the diverse collection of phenotypes that accompany reduced dosage of genes encoding ribosomal proteins, and have implications for understanding normal human variation and human disease.

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