In skin containing hair follicles, specialized epithelial structures known as “touch domes (TDs)” are located where the Merkel cells are clustered. We explored the histogenetic relationship between intraepidermal and dermal Merkel cell carcinomas (MCCs) and investigated which transformed progenitor cells can develop into intraepidermal MCC. We encountered an association between an extremely rare case of dermal and intraepidermal MCC with squamous cell carcinoma, which was examined using standard immunohistochemical methods with various epithelial, neuroendocrine, and TD markers including several immunohistochemical markers. Differential expression levels of CK20 and CD56 were found between intraepidermal and dermal MCCs, indicating molecularly distinct MCC populations. CK15 and CK17, expressed in TDs, were partially expressed in the intraepidermal neuroendocrine component at the tumor periphery in intraepidermal MCC with squamous cell carcinoma. These differences may suggest that the origin of dermal and intraepidermal MCCs is different under pathological conditions. We hypothesize that intraepidermal MCC is derived from tissue-specific stem cells localized within TDs.
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