Darier disease is an autosomal dominant abnormality of epidermal differentiation characterized clinically by the presence of hyperkeratotic papules on the skin and histologically by the loss of cell cohesion and by disorderly keratinization. Two groups recently found evidence that the gene whose mutations underlie this disease is located at chromosome 12q23-q24.1, a site on chromosome 12 that clearly is distal to the type II keratin gene cluster. We report here evidence for sublocalization to a 5-cM region of that site in an additional ten families of European and Middle Eastern ancestry with a combined lod score in excess of 20.
- inherited / linkage analysis / keratin / cell adhesion
- skin disease