Genotype-phenotype correlations with TGM1: Clustering of mutations in the bathing suit ichthyosis and self-healing collodion baby variants of lamellar ichthyosis

Department of Dermatology, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland.
British Journal of Dermatology (Impact Factor: 4.28). 10/2009; 162(2):448-51. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2009.09537.x
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