The distribution of vimentin (VIM) has been histochemically investigated in 53 cerebral tumors and compared in gliomas to that of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). In gliomas VIM is less positive than GFAP, but shows the same distribution. It cannot be considered as indicating immaturity of glial tumor cells. VIM is also positive in glial processes of cerebellar pilocytic astrocytomas, in Schwann cells of neurinomas and in endothelial cells of all oncotypes. In medulloblastomas, VIM decorates reactive glia cells. A diffuse positive reaction has been observed in meningiomas. In hemangioblastomas, besides intervascular and endothelial cells, groups of polygonal cells are intensely positive for both VIM and GFAP. The interpretatiên of VIM in cerebral tumors is largely based on the distribution patterns of this intermediate filament in the developing CNS of rodents.
- Cerebral tumors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Clinical Neurology