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Mod Pathol. 2009 May;22(5):660-7. doi: 10.1038/modpathol.2009.16. Epub 2009 Mar 6.

Immunohistochemical comparison of MUC1, CA125, and Her2Neu in invasive micropapillary carcinoma of the urinary tract and typical invasive urothelial carcinoma with retraction artifact.

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Department of Pathology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. asangoi2@yahoo.com

Abstract

On the basis of recent clinical studies, some urologic oncologists do not offer bladder-sparing therapy for patients diagnosed with micropapillary carcinoma of the urinary bladder, even in the setting superficially invasive disease. Unfortunately, the distinction of invasive micropapillary carcinoma from typical invasive urothelial carcinoma with prominent retraction artifact may be difficult in some cases. In this study, we compared the immunophenotype of invasive micropapillary carcinoma to invasive urothelial carcinoma with retraction artifact using antibodies previously reported as specific for micropapillary carcinoma. Immunohistochemical staining was performed on 24 invasive micropapillary carcinomas of the urinary tract and 24 case controls of invasive urothelial carcinoma with retraction artifact using monoclonal antibodies MUC1, CA125, and Her2Neu. The staining extent and intensity for MUC1 and CA125 were scored on one representative section per case. Immunostaining for Her2Neu was scored based on the 2007 CAP/ASCO guidelines for breast carcinoma. Basal ('reverse-apical') MUC1 staining was identified in 23 of the 24 (96%) invasive micropapillary carcinomas and in 15 of the 24 (63%) invasive urothelial carcinomas with retraction artifact (P=0.0102). Membranous reactivity with CA125 was seen in 8 of the 24 (33%) invasive micropapillary carcinomas and in 3 of the 24 (13%) invasive urothelial carcinomas with retraction artifact (P=0.1681). Positive (3+) membranous Her2Neu staining was present in 6 of 24 (25%) invasive micropapillary carcinomas and in 2 of the 24 (8%) invasive urothelial carcinomas with retraction artifact (P=0.2448). The specificity for invasive micropapillary carcinoma vs invasive urothelial carcinoma with retraction artifact using antibodies MUC1, CA125, and Her2Neu was 37, 87, and 92%, respectively. Invasive micropapillary carcinoma more commonly showed immunoreactivity for MUC1, CA125, and Her2Neu compared to invasive urothelial carcinoma with retraction artifact, but only MUC1 reached statistical significance. The lack of specificity of these evaluated markers for invasive micropapillary carcinoma limits their utility in the distinction from invasive urothelial carcinoma with retraction artifact, especially given the potentially significant therapeutic implications.

PMID:
19270645
DOI:
10.1038/modpathol.2009.16
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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