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Nat Genet. 1994 Mar;6(3):299-304.

Herlitz's junctional epidermolysis bullosa is linked to mutations in the gene (LAMC2) for the gamma 2 subunit of nicein/kalinin (LAMININ-5).

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INSERM U385, Faculté de Médecine, Nice, France.


We have linked Herlitz's junctional epidermolysis bullosa (H-JEB) to the gene (LAMC2) encoding the gamma 2 subunit of nicein/kalinin, an isolaminin (laminin-5) expressed by basal keratinocytes. In four H-JEB kindreds, a maximum two-point lod score of 5.33 at theta = 0 was observed between a microsatellite near LAMC2 at 1q25-31 and the disease. In one family, a homozygous point mutation leading to a premature stop codon (CGA to TGA) was identified in exon 3 of the gene. The segregation of the mutated allele implicates the mutation in the pathology of the disorder and corroborates the linkage results.

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