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J Invest Dermatol. 1998 Nov;111(5):900-2.

Novel K5 and K14 mutations in German patients with the Weber-Cockayne variant of epidermolysis bullosa simplex.

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Klinik und Poliklinik für Dermatologie und Venerologie, Universität zu Köln, Germany.


We report novel keratin 5 and 14 gene mutations in four unrelated German families with the localized subtype of the dominantly inherited blistering disease epidermolysis bullosa simplex Weber-Cockayne (MIM# 131800). The mutations are located in the keratin 14 L12 linker region (D273G), the keratin 5 L12 linker (M327K and D328H), and the H1 domain of keratin 5 (P156L). These mutations add to those previously reported and provide further evidence of phenotype-genotype correlations in epidermolysis bullosa simplex subtypes. The above mutations in mildly affected patients underline the relevance of the keratin linker regions for the epidermolysis bullosa simplex Weber-Cockayne phenotype and keratin filament integrity. In addition, they confirm that the gene segments encoding the linker regions represent hotspots for mutations.

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