PURPOSE: The Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), dermatosparaxis type, is a recessively inherited connective tissue disorder caused by deficient activity of ADAMTS-2, an enzyme that cleaves the aminoterminal propeptide domain of types I, II, and III procollagen. Only 10 EDS dermatosparaxis patients have been reported, all presenting a recognizable phenotype with characteristic facial gestalt, extreme skin fragility and laxity, excessive bruising, and sometimes major complications due to visceral and vascular fragility.
METHODS: We report on five new EDS dermatosparaxis patients and provide a comprehensive overview of the current knowledge of the natural history of this condition.
RESULTS: We identified three novel homozygous loss-of-function mutations (c.2927_2928delCT, p.(Pro976Argfs*42); c.669_670dupG, p.(Pro224Argfs*24); and c.2751-2A>T) and one compound heterozygous mutation (c.2T>C, p.? and c.884_887delTGAA, p.(Met295Thrfs26*)) in ADAMTS2 in five patients from four unrelated families. Three of these displayed a phenotype that was strikingly milder than that of previously reported patients.
CONCLUSION: This study expands the clinical and molecular spectrum of the dermatosparaxis type of EDS to include a milder phenotypic variant and stresses the importance of good clinical criteria. To address this, we propose an updated set of criteria that accurately captures the multisystemic nature of the dermatosparaxis type of EDS.Genet Med 18 9, 882-891.