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Definition

An autosomal recessive disorder in which the biosynthesis of melanin pigment is reduced in skin, hair, and eyes. It is characterized by partial lack of tyrosinase activity. Patients have white hair at birth that rapidly turns yellow or blond. They manifest the development of minimal-to-moderate amounts of cutaneous and ocular pigment. Some patients may have with white hair in the warmer areas (scalp and axilla) and progressively darker hair in the cooler areas (extremities). This variant phenotype is due to a loss of tyrosinase activity above 35-37 degrees C.

Acronym

OCA1B

Synonyms

Albinism yellow mutant type
OCA-IB
OCA-ITS
Oculocutaneous albinism type IB
Oculocutaneous albinism type I temperature-sensitive
Yellow albinism

Keywords

Albinism

 
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