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Keywords:

  • autoimmune destruction;
  • disease prevention;
  • vitiligo;
  • vitiligo genetics;
  • vitiligo pathogenesis

Abstract

Vitiligo is a complex disorder in which autoimmune destruction of melanocytes results in white patches of skin and overlying hair. Over the past several years, extensive genetic studies have outlined a biological framework of vitiligo pathobiology that underscores its relationship to other autoimmune diseases. This biological framework offers insight into both vitiligo pathogenesis and perhaps avenues towards more effective approaches to treatment and even disease prevention.