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Anal Quant Cytol Histol. 1991 Feb;13(1):7-10.

DNA-cytometric detection of euploid polyploidization in oral lichen ruber planus.

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  • 1Institute of Pathology, Aachen University of Technology, Federal Republic of Germany.


The DNA distribution was analyzed in 29 cases of oral lichen ruber planus that were negative for human papillomavirus and not suspected of being precancerous. Monolayer smears prepared from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues were automatically Feulgen stained and used for rapid interactive DNA cytometry via a TV-based image analysis system combined with an automated microscope. Nuclei with DNA contents greater than 4c were found in 25 cases (86%). DNA contents greater than 8c were seen in five cases (17%), and small peaks at 8c were found in three cases. These increased DNA values in nonprecancerous lesions must be interpreted as euploid polyploidization and have to be taken into account if DNA measurements are performed for diagnostic purposes in lichen ruber planus lesions that are suspected of having malignant transformation.

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