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CD117/KIT expression in pancreatic adenocarcinoma

CD117/KIT expression in pancreatic adenocarcinoma
CD117/KIT expression in pancreatic adenocarcinoma
Objective: CD117/KIT overexpression is common in neoplasms such as gastrointestinal stromal tumors and predicts clinical response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma has a poor prognosis, and therefore, targeted molecular therapymay be beneficial. Marked differences in the incidence of CD117/KIT expression have been reported in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that CD117/KIT expression is unusual in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Methods: CD117/KIT immunohistochemistry was performed on 23 archival pancreatic adenocarcinoma samples using 2 primary antibodies. Results: Satisfactory internal and external positive control labeling was achieved for both primary antibodies. No tumor cell labeling was identified using one primary antibody, whereas all cases showed cytoplasmic CD117/KIT staining with the second. However, CD117/KIT expression was also identified using the latter within nuclei and benign pancreatic epithelium, suggesting that artifactual staining was occurring. Conclusions: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma does not express CD117/KIT as assessed using the primary immunohistochemical antibody usually used in our laboratory for CD117/KIT detection. The variation in reported incidence of CD117/KIT expression in pancreatic adenocarcinoma is because of methodological differences in immunohistochemical technique. Ideally, immunohistochemical studies of this molecule should be combined with mutational status testing of the c-kit gene.
0885-3177
76-79
Bateman, Adrian C.
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Judd, Mary
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Radenkovic, Dejan
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Johnson, Colin D.
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Bateman, Adrian C.
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Judd, Mary
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Radenkovic, Dejan
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Johnson, Colin D.
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Bateman, Adrian C., Judd, Mary, Radenkovic, Dejan and Johnson, Colin D. (2008) CD117/KIT expression in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Pancreas, 36 (1), 76-79. (doi:10.1097/mpa.0b013e3181469881).

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Objective: CD117/KIT overexpression is common in neoplasms such as gastrointestinal stromal tumors and predicts clinical response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma has a poor prognosis, and therefore, targeted molecular therapymay be beneficial. Marked differences in the incidence of CD117/KIT expression have been reported in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that CD117/KIT expression is unusual in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Methods: CD117/KIT immunohistochemistry was performed on 23 archival pancreatic adenocarcinoma samples using 2 primary antibodies. Results: Satisfactory internal and external positive control labeling was achieved for both primary antibodies. No tumor cell labeling was identified using one primary antibody, whereas all cases showed cytoplasmic CD117/KIT staining with the second. However, CD117/KIT expression was also identified using the latter within nuclei and benign pancreatic epithelium, suggesting that artifactual staining was occurring. Conclusions: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma does not express CD117/KIT as assessed using the primary immunohistochemical antibody usually used in our laboratory for CD117/KIT detection. The variation in reported incidence of CD117/KIT expression in pancreatic adenocarcinoma is because of methodological differences in immunohistochemical technique. Ideally, immunohistochemical studies of this molecule should be combined with mutational status testing of the c-kit gene.

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Published date: January 2008

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Local EPrints ID: 62684
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/62684
ISSN: 0885-3177
PURE UUID: b6a497fd-4bde-4635-baa0-f0d301e9c1b0

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Date deposited: 07 Apr 2009
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 20:27

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Author: Adrian C. Bateman
Author: Mary Judd
Author: Dejan Radenkovic

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