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American Journal of Dermatopathology:
doi: 10.1097/DAD.0b013e3181af0a5e
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Diagnosing Xeroderma Pigmentosum Group C by Immunohistochemistry

de Feraudy, Sébastien MD*; Boubakour-Azzouz, Imenne PhD*; Fraitag, Sylvie MD†; Berneburg, Mark MD‡; Chan, Loretta BS§; Chew, Kevin BS§; Clericuzio, Carol L MD¶; Cunningham, Bari MD‖; Tope, Whitney D MPhil, MD*; Cleaver, James E PhD*

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Abstract

Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a group of rare inherited human neurocutaneous diseases, and the group C (XPC) is the major group of patients with XP in Europe, North America, and South America. Current molecular diagnostic methods for XP require specialized, expensive, and time-consuming UV sensitivity and DNA repair assays followed by gene sequencing. To determine whether immunohistochemistry (IHC) would be a robust alternative method to diagnose patients with XPC, we stained sections of paraffin-embedded skin biopsies for XPC by IHC, using 69 archived blocks from confirmed or clinically suspect patients with XPA, XPC, XPD, XPE, and without XP. We found that XPC expression was strong in all skin biopsies from patients without (14 of 14) and other patients with XP (4 of 4), whereas XPC expression was lost in all biopsies from confirmed XPC patients (29 of 29). Patches of strong XPC signal could be detected in sun-damaged skin, squamous and basal cell carcinomas from patients with XPC that colocalized with strong expression of p53 and Ki-67. Patients with XPC can therefore be diagnosed by IHC from paraffin-embedded skin biopsies from regions of skin that are without sun damage or sun-induced tumors. IHC is therefore a robust alternative method to diagnose patients with XPC. This fast and inexpensive method should increase the options for the diagnosis of patients with XPC from paraffin-embedded skin biopsies and could be developed for other complementation groups.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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