Brenner tumor of the ovary: A correlative histologic, histochemical, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural investigation

Istituto di Anatomia Patologica, University of Bologna, Italy.
Human Pathlogy (Impact Factor: 2.77). 09/1989; 20(8):787-95. DOI: 10.1016/0046-8177(89)90074-9
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The histologic, histochemical, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural features of Brenner tumor (BT) were studied. BT was compared with transitional bladder cells, and close similarities between the two tissues were identified. Abundant glycogen in all cellular layers, an alcianophilic/sialomucinic surface mucous coat, and argyrophilic cells characterized both BT and bladder epithelium. Immunohistochemically, chromogranin and neuron-specific enolase reactivity was observed in all cases examined. An additional relevant finding was the presence of serotonin-storing cells in both BT and urothelium. Moreover, carcinoembryonic antigen, epithelial membrane antigen, and keratin reaction were found in BT and urothelium, indicating an additional antigenic similarity. Additionally, malignant Brenner tumor was ultrastructurally found to share many common features with the bladder tissue. The distinct histochemical, ultrastructural, and antigenic pattern of BT, primarily of the transitional type, is emphasized.

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