Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Genes…… (2/2)

Most of the genes are the elements of fibers ¾ slender bundle of protein provide strength and flexibility to connective tissue throughout the body. Elastic fibers allow the skin to stretch ¾ the lungs to expand & contract and arteries to handle the pressure of blood flow.

The major component of elastic fibers ¾ Elastin ¾ is produced from ELN gene. Other critical proteins of elastic fibers are produced by the following genes:


Mutations in any of these gene hamper the formation, assembly or function of elastic fibers.

Now, a shortfall in elastic fibers weakens connective tissue in the skin, arteries, lungs and other organs. These mutations in connective tissue cause the major feature of ‘Cutis Laxa’ to a small percentage. Researcher suspects that mutation in other genes, which is yet to identify may also be responsible for Cutis Laxa.

The chances of Acquired Cutis Laxa (ACL) are very rare. Acquired Cutis Laxa (ACL) is caused by the destruction of normal elastic fibers and not by inheritance. Though the causes of ACL are unclear, but it may occur due to the side effect any medical treatment which remove copper from body.

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