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Brief Report
October 2016

Association of Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex With Mottled Pigmentation and EXPH5 Mutations

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Blistering Diseases, Department of Dermatology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2Department of Genetics, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(10):1137-1141. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.2268
Key Points

Question  In addition to KRT5 and KRT14, are there other genes involved in the pathophysiology of epidermolysis bullosa simplex with mottled pigmentation (EBS-MP)?

Findings  In this case report, a patient with mild generalized skin fragility since infancy and late-onset mottled pigmentation is described. Genetic analysis revealed a novel homozygous nonsense mutation in EXPH5: c.3917C>G, p.Ser1306*. Electron microscopy revealed disruption of keratin filament cytoskeleton and accumulation of melanosomes in a disordered distribution in the keratinocytes.

Meaning  These findings expand the genetic and phenotypic spectrum of human inherited skin fragility disorders and suggests the addition of EBS resulting from EXPH5 mutations to the EBS-MP subtype.

Abstract

Importance  Epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) is a group of clinically and genetically diverse mechanobullous genodermatoses characterized by the fragility of skin and mucous membranes. Recently, mutations in EXPH5 encoding exophilin-5 (also known as Slac2-b, an effector protein involved in intracellular vesicle trafficking and exosome secretion) have been implicated in the pathophysiology of EBS. Herein, we report a novel homozygous nonsense mutation in EXPH5 responsible for an EBS subtype with mottled pigmentation.

Objective  To identify the gene mutation(s) accountable for the mottled pigmentation phenotype in a patient with suspected inherited skin fragility disorder.

Design, Setting, and Participant  Data for this case report were acquired in an outpatient clinic and concern a referral from the primary care physician to the national Center for Blistering Diseases in The Netherlands. Data were acquired and analyzed from 2014 to 2016.

Main Outcomes and Measures  Clinical examination and investigation were performed of the molecular basis of patient’s skin fragility and mottled pigmentation phenotype. Electron microscopy studies described the underlying abnormalities on an ultrastructural level.

Results  The clinical phenotype is characterized by mild generalized skin fragility, trauma-induced skin blistering since infancy, and development of remarkable diffuse mottled pigmentation on the trunk and proximal extremities. Sequencing the complete set of genes associated with epidermolysis bullosa revealed a homozygous nonsense mutation in exon 6 of EXPH5: c.3917C>G, p.Ser1306*. Electron microscopy revealed disruption of keratin filament cytoskeleton and accumulation of melanosomes in a disordered distribution in the keratinocytes.

Conclusions and Relevance  To our knowledge, the current study illustrates the first clinically well-documented, mottled pigmentation phenotype related to a novel EXPH5 mutation. In addition, by means of electron microscopy image analysis, it proposes a hypothesis for the pigmentary changes in this rare autosomal recessive EBS subtype. These findings expand the genetic and phenotypic spectrum of human inherited skin fragility disorders, and we propose the addition of EBS resulting from EXPH5 mutations to the EBS-mottled pigmentation subtype.

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