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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2000 Dec;124(12):1764-7.

Loss of high-molecular-weight cytokeratin antigenicity in prostate tissue obtained by transurethral resections.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia 19107, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Staining of prostatic basal cells for the expression of high-molecular-weight cytokeratin has been suggested as a way of distinguishing benign from malignant prostate glands. We evaluated the utility of high-molecular-weight cytokeratin in the diagnosis of malignancy in prostate specimens obtained in various ways.

DESIGN:

Prostate tissues obtained from needle biopsies, transurethral resections, and total prostatectomies were immunostained with monoclonal antibody 34betaE12, an antibody directed against high-molecular-weight cytokeratins.

RESULTS:

Antiserum to high-molecular-weight cytokeratin only stained the basal cells in normal glands in 3 (12%) of 25 specimens obtained by transurethral resection. Other antigens, such as the alternate 10-nm filament protein vimentin, were unaffected and were detected in 100% of these specimens. However, keratin antigenicity in transurethral biopsies could be restored in these specimens by antigen retrieval in a low pH citrate buffer using a microwave heat technique. Keratin staining in needle biopsies and total prostatectomies was unaffected.

CONCLUSION:

In summary, our results indicate the technique of transurethral resection results in a specific loss of keratin antigenicity. This limits the utility of anticytokeratin 34betaE12 in interpreting transurethral resections without the application of antigen retrieval.

PMID:
11100054
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