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  • Carcinoid  (1)
  • Pituitary adenomas  (1)
  • 1980-1984  (2)
  • 1955-1959
  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-2307
    Keywords: Carcinoid ; Immunocytochemistry ; Cytokeratin ; Neuron specific enolase ; Histogenesis
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Occurrence and distribution of cytokeratin, neuron specific enolase (NSE) and actin were studied by the immunoperoxidase-antiperoxidase (PAP)-technique using specific antibodies in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded material from 6 cases of neurogenic appendicopathy with numerous endocrine cells in the mucosal stroma (SEC), 5 cases of microcarcinoidosis of the stomach, 12 gastrointestinal carcinoids and 4 bronchial carcinoids. Cytokeratin was detectable in all tumor cells. In addition, the epithelial endocrine cells (EEC) and the SEC of intestinal origin were cytokeratin positive. EEC, SEC and cells of microcarcinoids and carcinoids showed a positive immunoreactivity with antibodies to NSE, whereas actin antibodies did not reveal significant staining of these cells. These results strongly suggest that carcinoids of the gastrointestinal tract originate from SEC that have migrated downwards into the stroma from the epithelial layer (“Endophytie” according to Feyrter).
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    ISSN: 1432-2307
    Keywords: Immunohistochemistry ; Pituitary gland ; Pituitary adenomas ; Cytokeratins ; Intermediate filaments
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Ten non-neoplastic pituitary glands and 22 pituitary adenomas producing different hormones were studied by immunofluorescence microscopy as well as peroxidase-antiperoxidase and biotin-avidin techniques on frozen sections and formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded material using antibodies to cytokeratin, vimentin, GFAP, neurofilament protein and different pituitary hormones. The endocrine cells in non-neoplastic pituitary glands as well as in most pituitary adenomas were cytokeratin-positive. The cytoplasmic cytokeratin distribution patterns of non-neoplastic and tumor cells were similar and typical of the type of hormone produced: GH-producing normal cells showed a paranuclear condensation of cytokeratin-reactive intermediate filaments; this accumulation was even further accentuated in GH-producing adenomas resulting in fibrous bodies (Kovacs and Horvath 1978) decorated by cytokeratin antibodies. Prolactin-producing cells showed a less intense cytoplasmic cytokeratin-specific staining with focal paranuclear accentuation in non-neoplastic as well as in neoplastic glands. ACTH-producing cells in normal pituitary glands as well as in adenomas exhibited a strong and more uniform cytoplasmic cytokeratin staining. The cytokeratin reactivity in glycoprotein hormone-producing cells of non-neoplastic tissue and adenomas was weak. Vimentin and GFAP reactivity was confined to agranular folliculo-stellate cells. The specific and different distribution patterns of cytokeratins in pituitary cells can, therefore, provide an (indirect) indication to the production of a specific hormone if immunocytochemistry fails to demonstrate hormone production.
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