Genetics

Missing link in rare inherited skin disease exposed

Hokkaido University scientists are getting closer to understanding how a rare hereditary disease impairs the skin's barrier function, which determines how well the skin is protected.

Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (AD) (a type of eczema) is an inflammatory, chronically relapsing, non-contagious and pruritic skin disease. It has been given names like "prurigo Besnier," "neurodermitis," "endogenous eczema," "flexural eczema," "infantile eczema," and "prurigo diathsique".

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