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Virchows Archiv B

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 185–193 | Cite as

Expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein by neoplastic cells of Müllerian origin

  • Shu Y. Liao
  • Ben H. Choi
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Summary

Immunocytochemical studies of malignant mixed Müllerian tumors revealed the presence of neoplastic cells showing strong immunoreactivity for glial fibrillary acidic protein, a protein specific for astrocytes, in 9 of 13 cases. Undifferentiated malignant tumor cells of endometrial stromal sarcoma and astrocytes in glioma of the uterus also demonstrate GFAP immunoreactivity. GFAP immunostaining in these neoplastic cells is highly specific and shows no cross-reactivity with cytokeratin, actin, myoglobin, epithelial membrane antigen or factor VIII. It is postulated that the GFAP immunostaining within neoplastic cells of Müllerian origin may be (a) a reflection of the phenotypic diversity of intermediate filament proteins that can be expressed by malignant neoplastic cells, (b) that the polypeptides of GFAP may be heterogeneous, (c) that there may be an ontogenic relationship between the cells of Müllerian origin and neuroectodermal cells, or (d) that this may represent neometaplasia of Müllerian cells.

Key words

Immunocytochemistry Glial fibrillary acidic protein Malignant mixed Müllerian tumor 

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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shu Y. Liao
    • 1
  • Ben H. Choi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of California IrvineIrvineUSA

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