Quantitative imaging of estrogen and progesterone receptors, estrogen-regulated protein, and growth fraction: immunocytochemical assays in 52 meningiomas. Correlation with clinical and morphological data.

Quantitative imaging of estrogen receptors (ER's), progesterone receptors (PR's), estrogen-regulated protein (pS2), and growth fraction (Ki67) immunocytochemical assays were performed in 52 meningiomas. The results were correlated with clinical (age, sex, hormonal status, and tumor volume and location) and morphological (histological types and grades) data. The authors observed a lack of ER's in all meningiomas but the presence of PR's in 53% of these meningiomas. The immunoreactivity was restricted to tumor cell nuclei. The PR immunocytochemical assay was correlated with tumor location, histological type, histological grade, and pS2 immunocytochemical assay, but not with Ki67 immunocytochemical assay; high PR content was observed in cisternae, transitional, meningothelial, and low-grade meningiomas. Only 11 meningiomas showed more than 1% Ki67 immunoreactive nuclei. These meningiomas were usually located in the convexity and were of high histological grade. Estrogen-regulated protein immunoreactivity was observed in 34 meningiomas but the number of immunoreactive nuclei was low. The pS2 immunocytochemical assay was not related to clinicopathological features but was preferentially observed in PR-negative meningiomas. The results of this study are compared with those previously reported, and the function and regulation of PR's in meningiomas is discussed. The results indicate that 1) regulation of PR's and pS2 proteins in meningiomas differs from regulation in estrogen-dependent tissues such as breast or endometrium; 2) interruption of hormonal therapy in women presenting with a meningioma is not absolutely necessary; 3) meningiomas have different biological properties according to their clinicopathological features; and 4) future studies of hormonal clinical trials should be performed on well-defined meningioma subgroups.
AuthorsP Bouillot, J F Pellissier, B Devictor, N Graziani, N Bianco, F Grisoli, D Figarella-Branger
JournalJournal of neurosurgery (J Neurosurg) Vol. 81 Issue 5 Pg. 765-73 (Nov 1994) ISSN: 0022-3085 [Print] UNITED STATES
PMID7523635 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • Ki-67 Antigen
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Receptors, Estrogen
  • Receptors, Progesterone
  • estrogen regulated protein
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cell Nucleolus (ultrastructure)
  • Cell Nucleus (ultrastructure)
  • Cytoplasm (ultrastructure)
  • Densitometry
  • Female
  • Glioma (ultrastructure)
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Ki-67 Antigen
  • Male
  • Meningioma (ultrastructure)
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Proteins (analysis)
  • Neurilemmoma (ultrastructure)
  • Nuclear Proteins (analysis)
  • Receptors, Estrogen (ultrastructure)
  • Receptors, Progesterone (ultrastructure)
  • Staining and Labeling

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