Unique and recurrent mutations in the filaggrin gene in Singaporean Chinese patients with ichthyosis vulgaris

J Invest Dermatol. 2008 Jul;128(7):1669-75. doi: 10.1038/sj.jid.2008.2. Epub 2008 Jan 31.


Filaggrin is an abundant protein of the outer epidermis that is essential for terminal differentiation of keratinocytes and formation of an effective barrier against water loss and pathogen/allergen/irritant invasion. Recent investigations in Europe and Japan have revealed null mutations in the filaggrin gene (FLG) as the underlying cause of ichthyosis vulgaris (IV), a common skin disorder characterised by dry skin, palmar hyperlinearity and keratosis pilaris. Following the development of a strategy for the comprehensive analysis of FLG, we have identified five unique mutations and one recurrent mutation in Singaporean Chinese IV patients. Mutation 441delA is located in the profilaggrin S100 domain, whereas two additional frameshift mutations, 1249insG and 7945delA, occur in the first partial filaggrin repeat ("repeat 0") and in filaggrin repeat 7, respectively. Both nonsense mutations Q2147X and E2422X are found in filaggrin repeat 6, whereas R4307X was found on one of the longer size variant alleles of FLG, within duplicated repeat 10.2. Mutation E2422X, previously found in a single Dutch patient, was found in one Singaporean IV patient and at a low frequency in Asian population controls. Our study confirms the presence of population-specific as well as recurrent FLG mutations in Singapore.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group / genetics
  • Humans
  • Ichthyosis Vulgaris / genetics*
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Intermediate Filament Proteins / analysis
  • Intermediate Filament Proteins / genetics*
  • Mutation*
  • Singapore


  • Intermediate Filament Proteins
  • filaggrin