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Skin Cell Defect May Trigger Food and Skin Allergies, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Tel Aviv University Study  
8/27/2013 7:34:11 AM

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In a new study published in Nature Genetics, Northwestern Medicine and Tel Aviv University scientists have found that a structural defect in skin cells can contribute to allergy development, including skin and food allergies, traditionally thought primarily to be a dysfunction of the immune system. The finding is related to the team's identification of a new rare genetic disease, called "severe dermatitis, multiple allergies, and metabolic wasting," or SAM, caused by mutations in the molecule desmoglein 1.

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