Howard P. Stevens

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Severe deafness or hearing impairment is the most prevalent inherited sensory disorder, affecting about 1 in 1,000 children. Most deafness results from peripheral auditory defects that occur as a consequence of either conductive (outer or middle ear) or sensorineuronal (cochlea) abnormalities. Although a number of mutant genes have been identified that are(More)
Tylosis esophageal cancer (TOC) is an autosomal-dominant syndrome characterized by palmoplantar keratoderma, oral precursor lesions, and a high lifetime risk of esophageal cancer. We have previously localized the TOC locus to a small genomic interval within chromosomal region 17q25. Using a targeted capture array and next-generation sequencing, we have now(More)
Desmosomes are major cell adhesion junctions, particularly prominent in the epidermis and cardiac tissue and are important for the rigidity and strength of the cells. The desmosome consists of several proteins, of which desmoplakin is the most abundant. Here, we describe the first recessive human mutation, 7901delG, in the desmoplakin gene which causes a(More)
The N-terminal extracellular domain of the cadherins, calcium-dependent cell adhesion molecules, has been shown by X-ray crystallography to be involved in two types of interaction: lateral strand dimers and adhesive dimers. Here we describe the first human mutation in a cadherin present in desmosome cell junctions that removes a portion of this highly(More)
Adult patients with severe atopic eczema who had completed a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover trial of a specific formulation of Chinese herbal therapy were offered continued therapy for 1 year. Of 31 patients who completed the original placebo-controlled study and after a washout period and 2 months of further treatment, 17 continued treatment(More)
A new variant of congenital exfoliative ichthyosis in two related Bedouin families is reported. The ichthyosis appeared shortly after birth as a fine peeling of nonerythematous skin on the palms and soles. The prominent well-demarcated areas of denuded skin in moist and traumatized regions resembled the 'mauserung' phenomenon of ichthyosis bullosa of(More)
Keratins K6 and K16 are expressed in suprabasal interfollicular epidermis in wound healing and other pathological conditions associated with hyperproliferation, such as psoriasis and are induced when keratinocytes are cultured in vitro. However, these keratins are also constitutively expressed in normal suprabasal mucosal and palmoplantar keratinocytes.(More)
We have analysed the expression of keratins in the epidermis of normal human palm and sole skin (ridged skin) using immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. The epidermis of human ridged skin expresses a more complex pattern of keratins than thin skin, which is probably due to the greater stress that ridged skin has to withstand. In addition to(More)
Hypotrichosis of Marie Unna (MU) is an autosomal dominant hair-loss disorder with onset in childhood. A genomewide search for the gene was performed in a large Dutch family using 400 fluorescent microsatellite markers. Linkage was detected with marker D8S258, and analysis of this family and a further British kindred with additional markers in the region(More)
© 2007 The Authors 765 JEADV 2008, 22, 745–775 Journal compilation © 2007 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 3 Masuda T, Hara H, Shimojima H, Suzuki H, Tanaka K. Spontaneous complete regression of multiple Bowen’s disease in the web-spaces of the feet. Int J Dermatol 2006; 45: 783–785. 4 Wong TW, Sheu HM, Lee JY, Fletcher RJ. Photodynamic(More)