Hereditary Photodermatoses

  • Dennis H. Oh
  • Graciela Spivak
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 685)


Photodermatoses are defined as the abnormal reactions of the skin to photons, usually those of wavelengths found in sunlight. These reactions can be caused by a wide variety of reasons, including defects in repair of light-induced DNA lesions, the interaction of certain chemicals or medications with sunlight to produce toxic mediators and photo-induced immune reactions. In this chapter we will describe photodermatoses that are associated with hereditary conditions. These can be subdivided into several groups: dermatoses caused by abnormal metabolic conditions, idiopathic photodermatoses, defects in cancer suppressor genes not directly involved in DNA repair but that predispose to photodistributed tumors and photosensitivity due to abnormalities in DNA repair pathways. Special emphasis will be placed on the relatively recently described UV-sensitive sy


Nucleotide Excision Repair Xeroderma Pigmentosum Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimer Acute Intermittent Porphyria Cockayne Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of California at San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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