Detection of cutaneous prion protein deposits could help diagnose GPI-anchorless prion disease with neuropathy

Hiroyuki Honda, Kosuke Matsuzono, Kota Satoh, Masayoshi Fujisawa, Satoshi O. Suzuki, Chiaki Furuyama, Tetsuyuki Kitamoto, Shigeru Fujimoto, Koji Abe, Toru Iwaki

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Background and purpose: To investigate prion protein (PrP) deposits in cutaneous tissues of patients of glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchorless prion diseases with neuropathy. Methods: Cutaneous tissue samples from three patients with GPI-anchorless prion diseases were obtained, two cutaneous biopsy samples from the lower leg of Case 1 (Y162X) and Case 3 (D178fs25), and a cutaneous sample taken from the abdomen during an autopsy of Case 2 (D178fs25). We performed immunohistochemistry for PrP to look for abnormal PrP deposits. Results: PrP deposits were observed in the dermal papilla, the sweat glands, the hair follicles, the arrector pili muscles, and peripheral nerves of all examined cases of GPI-anchorless prion disease with neuropathy. The abnormal PrP accumulation was frequently localized at the basement membrane, and colocalized with laminin. Conclusion: Immunohistochemical detection of PrP in cutaneous samples could be used to definitively diagnose GPI-anchorless PrP disease with neuropathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2133-2137
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • basement membrane
  • cutaneous biopsy
  • glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor
  • laminin
  • prion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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