Clinical implications of peripheral myelin protein 22 for nerve compression and neural regeneration: A review

Helen G. Hui-Chou, Sharyhar S. Hashemi, Ahmet Hoke, A. Lee Dellon

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Peripheral myelin protein 22 (PMP22) is a major component of the peripheral myelin sheath. The PMP22 gene is located on chromosome 17p11.2, and defects in PMP22 gene have been implicated in several common inherited peripheral neuropathies. Hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP), Charcot-Marie Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A), Dejerine-Sottas syndrome, and congenital hypomyelinating neuropathy are all associated with defects in PMP22 gene. The disease phenotypes mirror the range of expression of PMP22 due to the corresponding genetic defect. HNPP, characterized by a milder recurrent episodic focal demyelinating neuropathy, is attributed to a deletion leading to PMP22 underexpression. On the other end of the spectrum, CMT1A leads to a more uniform demyelination and axonal loss, resulting in severe progressive distal weakness and paresthesias; it is due to a duplication at 17p11.2 leading to PMP22 overexpression. Additional point mutations result in varying phenotypes due to dysfunction of the resultant PMP22 protein. All inherited neuropathies are diagnosed with a combination of physical findings on examination, electromyography, sural nerve biopsies, and genetic testing. Treatment and management of these disorders differ depending on the underlying genetic defect, nerves involved, and resulting functional impairments. A review of current literature elucidates clinical, microsurgical implications, and management of patients with PMP22-related neuropathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of reconstructive microsurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Peripheral myelin protein 22
  • hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies
  • neurolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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