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Now, a new pageant seeks to instead equate the condition with beauty and remove its stigma.The first African beauty pageant for people with albinism took place last Friday in Nairobi, Kenya.
The function of Oculocutaneous albinism type 7 results from mutations in an unknown gene, which maps to band 10q22.2-3 and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.For now though, he hopes the pageant will produce a Miss Kenya with albinism."We need to actually tell our story from our point of view because most of the time when our story is told by other people they say it from a point of pity," Mwaura said.The proteins/gene products (and respective gene) affected in each form of oculocutaneous albinism are as follows Oculocutaneous albinism type 1 results from mutations in the tyrosinase gene, which maps to band 11q14-3 and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.
The tyrosinase gene encodes an enzyme that initiates the synthesis of melanin using the substrate tyrosine.
Chediak-Higashi syndrome and Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome also manifest with extrapigmentary defects consisting of leukocyte, platelet, pneumocyte, and reticular cell dysfunction.