Expression and distribution of type VI collagen in gynecomastia

S. Lanzafame, G. Magro, A. Colombatti

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We investigated the distribution of type VI collagen in 36 cases of routinely fixed and paraffin-embedded gynecomastia using an immunoperoxidase method for light microscopic visualization. Four samples of normal male mammary gland tissue were also included as controls. A protease predigestion was essential for the visualization of this extracellular matrix (ECM) glycoprotein. In normal male breast, no immunoreaction for type VI collagen was detected in the stroma surrounding the ducts. Gynecomastia was classified into three histological types: florid (type I), fibrous (type II), and intermediate (type III). Type VI collagen was differentially expressed in the periductal stroma of all types. This collagen was markedly expressed at the early disease stage (type I) when the periductal stroma is highly cellular and vascular. Its expression decreased when periductal stroma undergoing fibrotic transformation (type III) and completely disappeared from the dense periductal stroma of fibrous stage (type II). These findings suggest that type VI collagen is involved in the ECM remodelling occuring in gynecomastia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-223
Number of pages5
JournalActa Histochemica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • gynecomastia
  • immunohistochemistry
  • type VI collagen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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