Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-202X.2004.23220.x
Title: SPINK5 and netherton syndrome: Novel mutations, demonstration of missing LEKTI, and differential expression of transglutaminases
Authors: Raghunath, M. 
Tontsidou, L.
Oji, V.
Aufenvenne, K.
Schürmeyer-Horst, F.
Jayakumar, A.
Ständer, H.
Smolle, J.
Clayman, G.L.
Traupe, H.
Keywords: Elafin
Epidermal barrier
Genetics
Human β-defensin 2
Mutation
Netherton syndrome
Serine proteinases
Skin
Transglutaminase
Issue Date: Sep-2004
Source: Raghunath, M., Tontsidou, L., Oji, V., Aufenvenne, K., Schürmeyer-Horst, F., Jayakumar, A., Ständer, H., Smolle, J., Clayman, G.L., Traupe, H. (2004-09). SPINK5 and netherton syndrome: Novel mutations, demonstration of missing LEKTI, and differential expression of transglutaminases. Journal of Investigative Dermatology 123 (3) : 474-483. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-202X.2004.23220.x
Abstract: Neiherton syndrome (NTS) is an autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis featuring chronic inflammation of the skin, hair anomalies, epidermal hyperplasia with an impaired epidermal barrier function, failure to thrive and atopic manifestations. The disease is caused by mutations in the SPINK5 gene encoding the serine proteinase inhibitor lympho-epithelial Kazal-type inhibitor (LEKTI). Sequence analyses of SPINK5 in seven NTS patients from five different families allowed us to identify two known and three novel mutations all creating premature termination codons. We developed a monoclonal antibody giving a strong signal for LEKTI in the stratum granulosum of normal skin and demonstrated absence of the protein in NTS epidermis. Immunoblot analysis revealed presence of full length LEKTI and of LEKTI cleavage fragments in normal hair roots, whereas in NTS hair roots LEKTI and its cleavage products were completely missing. Transglutaminase1 activity was present throughout almost the entire suprabasal epidermis in NTS, whereas in normal skin it is restricted to the stratum granulosum. In contrast, immunostaining for transglutaminase3 was absent or faint. Moreover, comparable with the altered pattern in psoriatic skin the epidermis in NTS strongly expressed the serine proteinase inhibitor SKALP/elafin and the antimicrobial protein human β-defensin 2. These studies demonstrate LEKTI deficiency in the epidermis and in hair roots at the protein level and an aberrant expression of other proteins, especially transglutaminase1 and 3, which may account for the impaired epidermal barrier in NTS.
Source Title: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/67283
ISSN: 0022202X
DOI: 10.1111/j.0022-202X.2004.23220.x
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