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Front. Genet. | doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00645

Identification and Analysis of Genetic Characteristics of KRT9 Gene in Epidermolytic Palmoplantar Keratoderma

 Yuwei Li1,  Lili Tang1, Yang Han1, Liyun Zheng1, Qi Zhen1,  Sen Yang1 and Min Gao1*
  • 1Anhui Medical University, China

Epidermolytic palmoplantar keratoderma (EPPK, OMIM 144200) is an autosomal dominant inherited disease, clinically characterized by diffuse yellowish thickening of the skin on the palms and soles, usually with erythematous borders during the first weeks or months after birth. It caused by mutations in the keratin gene (KRT9). Domestic and foreign scholars have discovered 33 KRT9 gene mutations in 100 EPPK families, of which 23 mutations are located in the 1A region (a mutation hot spot region), 7 are located in the 2B region, and the remaining 3 are synonymous mutations. In this study, three heterozygous mutations (p.N161S, p.R163W and p.R163Q), located in regions of the gene encoding the conserved central a-helix rod domain, were detected in the KRT9 gene of the three large Chinese families. This study found that codon 163 (48 of 100 cases) is indeed a hot spot mutation site for KRT9, and the mutations of EPPK, combined with the occurrence of knuckle pads (15 of 100 cases), are p.N161S (4%), p. R163W (4%), p.L168S (3%), p.M157T (1%), p.L160F (1%), p.C406R (1%) and p.L458p (1%). This study found that hot spot mutations for which EPPK is associated with knuckle pads may be p.N161S and P.R163W, and the hot spot mutation of EPPK not occurring in combination with knuckle pads is p.R163Q (15 of 100 cases), which should help lay the foundation for genetics counselling, prenatal diagnosis and clinical treatment of EPPK.

Keywords: Epidermolytic palmoplantar keratoderma, gene mutation, hot spot, KRT9 gene, Knuckle pads

Received: 12 Sep 2018; Accepted: 29 Nov 2018.

Edited by:

Musharraf Jelani, Department of Genetic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Reviewed by:

Helena Caria, Instituto de Biossistemas e Ciências Integrativas (BioISI), Portugal
Muhammad Tariq, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia  

Copyright: © 2018 Li, Tang, Han, Zheng, Zhen, Yang and Gao. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Ms. Min Gao, Anhui Medical University, Hefei, China, ahhngm@126.com