A 52‐kd neural antigen was reported to be recognized by anti‐Purkinje cell antibodies in serum of a patient with paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration associated with uterine carcinoma. In this study, we demonstrate that this neural antigen is recognized by antibodies known as anti‐Purkinje cell antibody type I (PCAb Type I) and anti‐YO. The latter's antigen is reported to be specific for the 62‐ to 64‐kd antigen CDR62. Assuming that the 52‐kd and 62‐ to 64‐kd antigens share a common epitope(s) recognized by all of these antibodies, we examined the antigenic region on the 52‐kd protein by immunoblots with deletion fragment proteins of the recombinant 52‐kd protein. A major epitope was localized in the region of amino acid residues 94 to 133 of the 52‐kd protein, which is the site of a leucine zipper motif. The potential pathogenicity of PCAb Type I is discussed.
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- Clinical Neurology