Expression of proto-oncogene C-kit and correlation with morphological evaluations in canine cutaneous mast cell tumors

Letizia Passantino, Giuseppe Passantino, Attilio Cianciotta, Maria Rosaria Ribaud, Giuseppe Lo Presti, Girolamo Ranieri, Antonella Perillo

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Abstract

Canine cutaneous mast cell tumor (MCT) is very common disease in dogs, this is more aggressive than in other species. The biologic behavior of MCT is highly variable and a more accurate prognosis for these tumors needs to performed. The proto-oncogene c-kit is known to play a critical role in development and function of mast cells (MC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of immunohistochemical pattern of c-kit in MCTs and to correlate these results with MC density (MCD) and intratumoral microvessel density (MVD). Our results confirm that a more aggressive biologic behavior of canine MCT is associated with the increased c-kit expression, further suggesting a new role for c-kit, as a useful marker, in diagnostic pathology and in tumor progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-621
Number of pages13
JournalImmunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • C-kit
  • Cytochemistry
  • Dog
  • Mastocytomas
  • Morphometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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