Cutaneous mosaicism: a molecular and clinical review

Adv Dermatol. 2008;24:223-44. doi: 10.1016/j.yadr.2008.09.011.


Physicians have long been intrigued by the distinct patterns created by epidermal nevi and other mosaic cutaneous disorders. Although many of the molecular mechanisms underlying these disorders remain unrevealed, with the release of the results of the Human Genome Project our knowledge is rapidly increasing. The underlying genetic defects for many of the X-linked and mosaic disorders have recently been identified. Advances in technology, such as the array comparative genomic hybridization, will provide the tools for continued gene discovery and expanded understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms underlying mosaic skin conditions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mosaicism*
  • Pigmentation Disorders / genetics
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin Diseases, Genetic / genetics*
  • Skin Diseases, Genetic / pathology