Study links atopic dermatitis to genetic defect

02/12/2008 | Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

A defect caused by mutations in the filaggrin gene -- the gene vital to the proper development and functioning of the skin's impermeable outer layer -- may be accountable for atopic dermatitis, a common form of eczema, according to a new study. The research could lead to new therapies to reduce infections in eczema patients, a dermatologist said.

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