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Am J Hum Genet. 1997 Sep;61(3):611-9.

Maternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 1 with reduction to homozygosity of the LAMB3 locus in a patient with Herlitz junctional epidermolysis bullosa.

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Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA.


Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by blister formation at the level of the lamina lucida within the cutaneous basement-membrane zone. Classic lethal JEB (Herlitz type [H-JEB]; OMIM 226700) is frequently associated with premature-termination-codon mutations in both alleles of one of the three genes (LAMA3, LAMC2, or LAMB3) encoding the subunit polypeptides (alpha3, beta3, and gamma2) of laminin 5. In this study, we describe a unique patient with H-JEB, who was homozygous for a nonsense mutation, Q243X, in the LAMB3 gene on chromosome 1 and who had normal karyotype 46,XY. The mother was found to be a carrier of the Q243X mutation, whereas the father had two normal LAMB3 alleles. Nonpaternity was excluded by use of 11 microsatellite markers from six different chromosomes. The use of 17 partly or fully informative microsatellite markers spanning the entire chromosome 1 revealed that the patient had both maternal uniparental meroisodisomy of a 35-cM region on 1q containing the maternal LAMB3 mutation and maternal uniparental heterodisomy of other regions of chromosome 1. Thus, the results suggested that reduction to homozygosity of the 1q region containing the maternal LAMB3 mutation caused the H-JEB phenotype. The patient was normally developed at term and did not show overt dysmorphisms or malformations. This is the first description of uniparental disomy of human chromosome 1.

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