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Aec Syndrome

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It is an Autosomal Dominant disorder comprising of ankyloblepharon, ectodermal dysplasia, and Cleft Palate or cleft lip [1]. Analysis of the TP63 gene from four of the patients and from two healthy individuals of the same family was performed [2]. Individuals typically have varying combinations of ectodermal dysplasia (subjective hypohidrosis, Nail dysplasia, sparse Hair, tooth abnormalities), cleft lip/palate, split-hand/foot malformation/syndactyly, lacrimal duct obstruction, Hypopigmentation, and hypoplastic breasts and/or nipples [3]. The transcription factor p63 is a master regulator of gene expression in stratified epithelia and controls several molecular processes [4]. Here, we show that in p63-null skin, Pvrl1 gene expression is strongly reduced, whereas Pvrl4 expression is unaffected [5].

The causative gene is crucial during embryonic ontogenesis, mostly in the development of limbs and other ectodermal derived tissues [6]. The AEC Mutation exerts a selective dominant-negative function on wild-type p63 by affecting progenitor cell expansion during ectodermal development leading to a defective epidermal stem cell compartment [7]. All these disorders include combinations of ectodermal Dysplasia, orofacial clefting and limb malformations in variable severity [8]. In this study, we describe monozygotic Female twins concordant for ankyloblephaon, ectodermal Dysplasia and helical rim Deformities, but discordant for cleft, syndactyly of toes, Heart and urinary tract abnormalities [9]. Structural abnormalities included pili torti, pili trianguli et canaliculi, and irregular indentation and shallow grooves [10].

TP63 is important in the differentiation and proliferation of the epidermis, as well as many other processes including limb and facial development [11]. It is inherited in an Autosomal Dominant fashion with variable expression, featuring congenital abnormalities of skin, Hair, Teeth, nail, eccrine and mucous glands [12]. The majority of authors consider ankyloblepharon, ectodermal dysplasia and orofacial clefting as cardinal signs [13]. Histologic studies demonstrated mild basal Layer vacuolization and rare dyskeratotic keratinocytes, with evidence of both Acantholysis and cytolysis at the blister edge [14].

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