Analysis of Taiwanese ichthyosis vulgaris families further demonstrates differences in FLG mutations between European and Asian populations

C-K. Hsu, M. Akiyama, I. Nemoto-Hasebe, T. Nomura, A. Sandilands, S-C. Chao, J. Y-Y. Lee, H-M. Sheu, W. H. I. McLean, H. Shimizu

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    Mutations in the gene encoding filaggrin (FLG) were identified to underlie ichthyosis vulgaris (IV) and also shown to predispose to atopic eczema. Until now, no FLG mutations have been described in the Taiwanese population.


    To elucidate filaggrin mutations in the Taiwanese population and further to clarify the population genetics of filaggrin gene mutations in the Asian populations.


    In the present study, 12 individuals from four unrelated Taiwanese IV families were examined for FLG mutations. We carried out comprehensive sequencing of the entire FLG coding region using an overlapping polymerase chain reaction strategy.


    We identified three FLG mutations in the Taiwanese IV families. One mutation E1795X was a previously unidentified FLG mutation, which might be specific to the Taiwanese. Interestingly, another FLG mutation 3321delA is prevalent in the Japanese population and the other mutation Q2417X was found in the Singaporean Chinese population. No FLG mutation identified in the white European population was found in the Taiwanese population.


    The present findings suggest that the Taiwanese population, as an East Asian group, share FLG mutations with both the Japanese and the Singaporean Chinese population. In addition, these results exemplify differences in the population genetics of filaggrin between Europe and Asia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)448-451
    Number of pages4
    JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


    • atopic eczema
    • filaggrin
    • FLG
    • ichthyosis
    • mutation
    • UNIQUE
    • ECZEMA

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