Alopecia Universalis

What is Happening?

  • Hair loss all over body.
  • Weakened immune system/ Easily infected or gets sick a lot.

How do you get this disease?

  • It's Autosomal Recessive, not on Sex Chromosome and isn't a dominate gene Mutation.
  • There is a Homozygous Missense Mutation, a mutation where a nucleotide changes making it a different amino acid, on the 8th chromosome, more specifically the HR gene.
  • This also means it can be inherited BUT both parents would have to have the missense in the recessive gene.

Are there any treatments?

No, unfortunately there isn't a treatment, but scientist everywhere have been researching for anything new. Many people have funding for research to find a cure and programs to help children and adults to cope with the disorder.

Who is affected?

  • This disease is a very rare disease, roughly 20% of affected people have a family member with it.

Bibliography


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  • "Alopecia Universalis | Disease | Overview | Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR-NCATS)." Alopecia Universalis | Disease | Overview | Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR-NCATS). N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2015.
  • ALOPECIA UNIVERSALIS CONGENITA; ALUNC. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Aug. 11.
  • "HR Gene." Genetics Home Reference. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2015.
  • "Lysine-specific Demethylase Hairless." HR. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2015.