Loss-of-Function Variants in SERPINA12 Underlie Autosomal Recessive Palmoplantar Keratoderma

Janan Mohamad, Ofer Sarig, Liron Malki, Tom Rabinowitz, Sari Assaf, Kiril Malovitski, Eden Shkury, Talia Mayer, Dan Vodo, Alon Peled, Daniel Daniely, Mor Pavlovsky, Noam Shomron, Liat Samuelov, Eli Sprecher*

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Inherited palmoplantar keratodermas refer to a large and heterogeneous group of conditions resulting from abnormal epidermal differentiation and featuring thickening of the skin of the palms and soles. Here, we aimed at delineating the genetic basis of an autosomal recessive form of palmoplantar keratodermas manifesting with erythematous hyperkeratotic plaques over the palms and soles, extending to non-palmoplantar areas. Whole-exome sequencing in affected individuals revealed homozygous nonsense variants in the SERPINA12 gene. SERPINA12 encodes the visceral adipose tissue-derived serpin A12, a serine protease inhibitor. The pathogenic variants were found to result in reduced visceral adipose tissue-derived serpin A12 expression in patients’ skin biopsies in comparison to healthy controls. In addition, SERPINA12 downregulation in three-dimensional skin equivalents was associated with marked epidermal acanthosis and hyperkeratosis, replicating the human phenotype. Moreover, decreased SERPINA12 expression resulted in reduced visceral adipose tissue-derived serpin A12-mediated inhibition of kallikrein 7 activity as well as decreased levels of desmoglein-1 and corneodesmosin, two known kallikrein 7 substrates, which are required for normal epidermal differentiation. The present data, taken collectively, demarcate a unique type of autosomal recessive palmoplantar keratodermas, attribute to visceral adipose tissue-derived serpin A12 a role in skin biology, and emphasize the importance of mechanisms regulating proteolytic activity for normal epidermal differentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2178-2187
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020


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