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Diagn Pathol. 2008 Jul 9;3:29. doi: 10.1186/1746-1596-3-29.

Expression of CD56 isoforms in primary and relapsed adult granulosa cell tumors of the ovary.

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University of Würzburg, Institute of Pathology, Würzburg, Germany. hans-ullrich.voelker@t-online.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Adult granulosa cell tumors of the ovary (GCTs) are sex cord stromal tumors of unpredictable behaviour. Up to now, the prediction of the relapsing/malignant potential remains difficult. CD56 (NCAM) in GCTs was previously described in only two studies. However, the expression of its isoforms was not examined.

METHODS:

30 GCTs (16 primaries, 14 relapses) were investigated immunohistochemically with antibodies against Pan-CD56 (CD56Pan) and the isoform with 140/180 kDa length (CD56140/180 kDa). The reaction was assessed with respect to percentage of positive cells and intensity of staining.

RESULTS:

In all GCTs, CD56Pan was expressed, but differences were found between primaries and relapses. The percentage of CD56Pan positive tumor cells was lower in relapses, whereas CD56140/180 kDa showed a higher staining intensity in the latter.

CONCLUSION:

Expression of CD56 is an additional sensitive and helpful immunohistochemical tool for histopathologists diagnosing a GCT. It does not seem possible to provide a validly individual risk assessment. However, the different expression of CD56 isoforms might indicate important changes in the course to a more malignant behaviour.

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