Distinction of Hepatocellular Carcinoma From Benign Hepatic Mimickers Using Glypican-3 and CD34 Immunohistochemistry

ArticleinAmerican Journal of Surgical Pathology 32(3):433-44 · April 2008with42 Reads
DOI: 10.1097/PAS.0b013e318158142f · Source: PubMed
Distinguishing a well-differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) from normal and cirrhotic liver tissue or benign liver nodules, such as hepatic adenoma (HA) and focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH), may be very difficult in some cases, particularly in small needle core biopsies. We studied the expression of Glypican-3 (GPC3) and CD34 in 107 cases of HCC, 19 cases of HA, and 16 cases of focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH). In addition, we studied GPC3 expression in 225 cases of nonhepatic human tumors with epithelial differentiation. Ninety-four of 107 cases (88%) of HCC showed focal or diffuse cytoplasmic GPC3 staining, whereas all HA and FNH cases were GPC3-negative, and only 7 of 225 cases (3%) of nonhepatic tumors with epithelial differentiation expressed GPC3. The sensitivity and specificity of GPC3 for HCC was 88% and 97%, respectively. There were three CD34 staining patterns observed in hepatic tissue: negative, incomplete positive, and complete positive. In negative staining pattern, only blood vessels in portal triads or rare sinusoidal spaces immediately adjacent to portal tracts were positive. The negative staining pattern was seen in normal or cirrhotic liver tissue only. The complete CD34 staining pattern showed virtually all sinusoidal spaces with CD34-positive staining throughout the lesion. The complete CD34 staining pattern was seen in virtually all cases of HCC and in only some cases of HA and FNH. The incomplete CD34 staining pattern was characterized by either CD34 positivity in virtually all sinusoidal spaces in some but not all nodules or CD34 positivity in the peripheral sinusoidal spaces adjacent to portal triads. The incomplete CD34 staining pattern was seen in rare cases of HCC and in most cases of HA and FNH. We conclude that GPC3 is a very specific marker not only for differentiating HCC from nonhepatic tumors with epithelial differentiation, but also for differentiating HCC from HA and FNH. GPC3 immunoreactivity, in combination with a complete CD34 immunostaining pattern, greatly facilitates the accuracy of distinguishing between malignant hepatic lesions and benign mimickers.
    • "A recent study showed that GPC3 is more sensitive than HepPar1 in detecting HCC [45]. It is especially useful in distinguishing hepatic adenomas or high-grate dysplastic nodules from well-differentiated HCC, in noncirrhotic patients with advanced HCC [20, 43,[46][47][48]. Firstly, germline GPC3 mutations have been found in patients with Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome, [31,[49][50][51][52][53]. "
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    • "HCC has been widely recognized to be a highly vascular tumor, and the degree and density of vascularity has been associated with grade and aggressiveness of the tumor as well as the presence and extent of metastasis [23][24][25][26][27][28]. Several investigators have introduced methods to express in a semi-quantitative manner the degree or extent of microvessel formation (venules and capillaries) in HCC and other tumors using biomarkers such as CD34, CD105 and von Willebrand factor to assign numerical values to microvessel expression [29][30][31][32][33]. Since it has been shown that CAPERα is involved in alternative splicing of VEGF mRNA and changes in ratios of alternatively spliced VEGF isoforms lead to increased or decreased microvessel formation [8, 10], we examined microvessel density in HCC and normal liver using CD34 expression in microvessels as the surrogate marker. "
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    • "suppressed HCC growth in vitro and in vivo, and increased the survival of HCC-bearing treated mice. The anti-tumour effect may be attributed to direct and systemic anti-tumour activities (Nagler et al., 2004). In view of our data HCC group showed significant increase in serum glypican 3 and golgi 73 levels as compared to the negative control group. Coston et al. (2008) demonstrated that the sensitivity and specificity of GPC3 for HCC was 88% and 97%, respectively. GPC3 is a very specific marker not only for differentiating HCC from non hepatic tumors with epithelial differentiation, but also for differentiating HCC from hepatic adenoma (HA) and focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH). Golgiprotein-73(GP73) is"
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