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Arch Dermatol Res. 2009 Jun;301(5):387-9. doi: 10.1007/s00403-009-0955-5. Epub 2009 May 9.

A novel KIT missense mutation in one Chinese family with piebaldism.

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  • 1Institute of Dermatology, Anhui Medical University, 81 Meishan Road, 230032 Hefei, Anhui, People's Republic of China.


Piebaldism is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by congenital leukoderma, mostly affecting forehead, abdomen and knee. Previous studies have revealed that piebaldism is caused by mutations of the KIT gene, which encodes the cell surface transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor for KIT ligand. We reported here a Chinese Han family with piebaldism, and performed mutation detection of KIT gene by direct sequencing. A novel missense mutation C58G was identified in the patients, but not in the healthy individuals from the family and 100 unrelated controls. This study contributes to the database on KIT in piebaldism and enriches the knowledge about the genotype/phenotype correlation.

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