Prognostic significance of micropapillary pattern in pure mucinous carcinoma of the breast
ABSTRACT Breast carcinoma with micropapillary architecture is associated with aggressive behavior. Similar micropapillary pattern in pure mucinous carcinoma has been noticed and has been shown to convey poor prognosis. In this study 17 cases of pure mucinous carcinoma of the breast seen during a 10-year period have been reviewed, with special reference to micropapillary pattern. Diffuse micropapillary pattern was seen in 6 of 17 cases of mucinous carcinoma of the breast and demonstrated reverse polarity immunostaining pattern with "Epithelial Membrane Antigen." In all cases, the tumor cells showed grade I morphology, and no lymph node metastases were noticed. All the tumors except 1 expressed strong estrogen and progesterone receptor expression, however, all the cases were negative for Her-2/neu expression. In this present study, mucinous carcinomas with micropapillary pattern showed a low nuclear grade, higher incidence of hormone receptor positivity, and lower incidence of Her-2/neu similar to mucinous carcinomas without micropapillary pattern, thus explaining their indolent behavior.
Human pathology 02/2014; 45(2):432-4. DOI:10.1016/j.humpath.2013.08.026 · 2.81 Impact Factor
Human pathology 02/2014; 45(2):434-5. DOI:10.1016/j.humpath.2013.09.018 · 2.81 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Background: Pure mucinous adenocarcinoma of the breast is a rare entity characterized by the production of variable amounts of mucin comprising 1% to 6% of breast carcinomas. Some mucinous adenocarcinomas have shown expression of intestinal differentiation markers such as MUC-2. This study examines the expression of intestinal differentiation markers in this type of breast carcinoma. Results: Twenty-two cases of pure mucinous adenocarcinoma of the breast were assessed. Immunochemistry was performed for beta-catenin, CDX-2 and MUC-2. All cases were positive for B-catenin. MUC-2 positivity was observed in all cases; 63. 6% were 3 plus positive. All cases were negative for CDX-2. Conclusions: These results suggest that mucinous breast carcinomas express some markers of intestinal differentiation, such as MUC-2 and beta-catenin; however, future studies with a larger series of cases and using molecular techniques that help affirm these results are needed.Biological research 09/2014; 47(1):43. DOI:10.1186/0717-6287-47-43 · 1.04 Impact Factor