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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1998 Dec;122(12):1087-90.

Possible relation of osteopontin to development of psammoma bodies in human papillary thyroid cancer.

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Department of Pathology, Osaka University Medical School, Suita, Japan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Psammoma bodies are often observed in papillary carcinomas of the thyroid. Recently we reported that osteopontin (OPN) appears to play an important role in the development of psammoma bodies in meningiomas. Because the morphology and components of psammoma bodies in papillary carcinoma of the thyroid are similar to those of psammoma bodies in meningioma, we examined whether OPN was related to the psammoma bodies in papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.

METHODS:

Expression of OPN mRNA was examined by Northern blotting and in situ hybridization. Immunohistochemistry was performed to localize the deposition of OPN protein and to identify the type of OPN mRNA-expressing cells.

RESULTS:

The expression of OPN mRNA was detected in papillary thyroid carcinomas but not in normal thyroid tissue. Osteopontin mRNA-expressing cells were present around the psammoma bodies, and the localization of OPN protein was consistent with that of psammoma bodies. The OPN mRNA-expressing cells were identified as CD68-positive macrophages.

CONCLUSION:

Osteopontin produced by macrophages may play a significant role in the development of psammoma bodies in papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.

PMID:
9870857
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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