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The gene encoding R-spondin 4 (RSPO4), a secreted protein implicated in Wnt signaling, is mutated in inherited anonychia

Authors

  • D.C. Blaydon
  • Y. Ishii
  • E.A. O'Toole
  • H.C. Unsworth
  • M.T. Teh
  • F. Rueschendorf
  • C. Sinclair
  • V.K. Hopsu-Havu
  • N. Tidman
  • C. Moss
  • R. Watson
  • D. de Berker
  • M. Wajid
  • A.M. Christiano
  • D.P. Kelsell

Journal

  • Nature Genetics

Citation

  • Nat Genet 38 (11): 1245-1247

Abstract

  • Anonychia and hyponychia congenita (OMIM 206800) are rare autosomal recessive conditions in which the only presenting phenotype is the absence or severe hypoplasia of all fingernails and toenails. After determining linkage to chromosome 20p13, we identified homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the gene encoding R-spondin 4 (RSPO4), a secreted protein implicated in Wnt signaling, in eight affected families. Rspo4 expression was specifically localized to developing mouse nail mesenchyme at embryonic day 15.5, suggesting a crucial role in nail morphogenesis.


DOI

doi:10.1038/ng1883