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Gerodermia osteodysplastica is caused by mutations in SCYL1BP1, a Rab-6 interacting golgin


Gerodermia osteodysplastica is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by wrinkly skin and osteoporosis. Here we demonstrate that gerodermia osteodysplastica is caused by loss-of-function mutations in SCYL1BP1, which is highly expressed in skin and osteoblasts. The protein localizes to the Golgi apparatus and interacts with Rab6, identifying SCYL1BP1 as a golgin. These results associate abnormalities of the secretory pathway with age-related changes in connective tissues.

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Figure 1: Clinical features of gerodermia osteodysplastica, identification of mutations in SCYL1BP1 and characterization of SCYL1BP1 as a golgin.

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We are grateful to all participants in this study. We thank J. Evans, B.N. Chodirker and K. Wrogemann for their support. We wish to thank F. André, B. Fischer, S. Kolberg and N. Wittstruck for technical assistance. This work was funded by grants from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research, and Technology of the Land Nordrhein Westfalen to H.C.H. and by funds from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (collaborative research centre 577) to U.K. The sample IG was obtained from the “Cell line and DNA Bank from patients affected by Genetic Diseases” collection ( supported by Italian Telethon grants. We thank H. Zentgraf for the generation of monoclonal antibodies.

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H.C.H. performed genetic analysis and wrote the manuscript; U.K. performed genetic and functional analysis and wrote the manuscript; H.Z., X.Z., W.S. and J.K. were involved in functional assays; J.E. and F.A.B. did the interaction screening; B.B., M.N. and P.N. performed genetic mapping; F.B., W.R.W., D.M., P.B.K., A.R., G.Z., V.F., B.D., W.N., K.M., J.C.-S., M.T., B.S. and P.W. provided samples from affected individuals and additional mapping information; S.M. initiated the study and wrote the manuscript.

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Hennies, H., Kornak, U., Zhang, H. et al. Gerodermia osteodysplastica is caused by mutations in SCYL1BP1, a Rab-6 interacting golgin. Nat Genet 40, 1410–1412 (2008).

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