In 100 mucinous tumors of the ovary (37 benign, 24 borderline, and 39 malignant), the authors determined by histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques the frequencies and patterns of expression of a total of nine markers of gastric, intestinal, and pancreatobiliary duct epithelial cells. M1, a mucin antigen, and cathepsin E (CaE), an aspartic proteinase, two markers of normal gastric superficial/foveolar epithelial cells, were expressed in 95 and 92 tumors, respectively. Periodic acid-concanavalin A- reactive mucin or pepsinogen (PG) II, markers of gastric mucus neck and pyloric gland cells, were found in 79 tumors. All of these tumors also expressed M1 or CaE. DU-PAN-2 and the N-terminal epitope of gastrin-releasing peptide, markers of normal pancreatobiliary duct cells, were found in 70 and 49 tumors, respectively, and CAR-5 and M3SI, markers of intestinal mucin, were expressed in 51 and 30 tumors, respectively. All tumors expressed at least two of the nine markers studied; none expressed PG I, a marker of gastric chief cells. The mucopeptic cell marker, PG II, was significantly more common in benign and borderline than in malignant tumors (P <0.005), whereas CAR-5 and M3SI, markers of intestinal mucin, were expressed significantly more often in malignant than in benign and borderline tumors (P <0.001). By electron microscopic examination, many tumor cells had fine structural features characteristic of gastric superficial/foveolar and pyloric gland cells, intestinal columnar or goblet cells, and endocervical cells. The results indicate that gastroenteropancreatic cell differentiation- and, in particular, gastric type differentiation-is a prominent feature of ovarian mucinous tumors.
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research