The role of androgen receptors in the clinical course of nevus sebaceus of Jadassohn.

Nevus sebaceus of Jadassohn (NSJ) is a benign, congenital hamartoma that often presents at birth, appears to regress in childhood, and grows during puberty, suggesting possible hormonal control. We studied 18 cases of NSJ from children and adults for immunohistochemical evidence of androgen receptor expression. The lesions were evaluated for location and pattern of immunostaining, and these findings were compared between age groups, sexes, and to androgen receptor expression in normal skin. Androgen receptor positivity was seen in the sebaceous glands, in eccrine glands with and without apocrine change, and rarely in keratinocytes in the sebaceous nevi. There were no significant differences in staining location or pattern between the age groups or sexes. Normal skin showed similar staining in the sebaceous glands but did not show staining of the eccrine glands or keratinocytes. Androgen receptors are present in all epithelial components of NSJ, but there is no change in androgen receptor expression during puberty.
AuthorsK S Hamilton, S Johnson, B R Smoller
JournalModern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc (Mod Pathol) Vol. 14 Issue 6 Pg. 539-42 (Jun 2001) ISSN: 0893-3952 [Print] United States
PMID11406653 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Receptors, Androgen
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Apocrine Glands (chemistry, pathology)
  • Child
  • Eccrine Glands (chemistry, pathology)
  • Female
  • Hamartoma (metabolism, pathology)
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Male
  • Receptors, Androgen (analysis, physiology)
  • Skin Neoplasms (metabolism, pathology)

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