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Surg Neurol. 1990 May;33(5):320-4.

Correlation between nucleolar organizer region staining and Ki-67 immunostaining in human gliomas.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Gifu University School of Medicine, Japan.

Abstract

Fourteen cases of various grades of gliomas were investigated by an immunohistochemical method using a monoclonal antibody, Ki-67, which reacted with a nuclear antigen in proliferating cells, and the correlation between Ki-67 labeling index and the number of nucleolar organizer regions stained by an argyrophilic method. Four normal brain tissue samples without neoplastic cells, which were obtained at surgery, were also examined for nucleolar organizer region staining. Both the mean number of nucleolar organizer regions and the percentage of Ki-67 positive cells well reflected the histological grade of gliomas (astrocytoma grade 2: Ki-67, 0.5% and nucleolar organizer regions, 1.6; astrocytoma grade 3: Ki-67, 3% and nucleolar organizer regions, 2.5; astrocytoma grade 4: Ki-67, 5.2% and nucleolar organizer regions, 2.8). Also, the percentage of Ki-67 positive cells and the mean number of nucleolar organizer regions were found to be linearly related (r = 0.91). Both values of high-grade astrocytomas were significantly greater than those of low-grade astrocytomas (p less than 0.01 and p less than 0.001). Thus, the mean number of nucleolar organizer regions as well as Ki-67 labeling index reflect the proliferating potential of gliomas.

PMID:
1691866
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