Immunohistochemical Staining for Claudin-1 Can Help Distinguish Meningiomas From Histologic Mimics

Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Impact Factor: 2.51). 03/2006; 125(2):203-8. DOI: 10.1309/G659-FVVB-MG7U-4RPQ
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The histologic distinction between meningiomas and other tumors of the central nervous system occasionally can be difficult. Claudin-1 is a tight junction-associated protein recently shown to be expressed in anaplastic meningiomas. The purpose of this study was to determine whether immunohistochemical staining for claudin-1 could help distinguish meningiomas from histologic mimics, compared with commonly used markers. Tissue sections from 10 meningothelial meningiomas, 20 fibrous meningiomas, 10 atypical meningiomas, 7 solitary fibrous tumors of the meninges, 5 meningeal hemangiopericytomas, and 7 vestibular schwannomas were stained immunohistochemically for claudin-1, epithelial membrane antigen, S-100 protein, CD34, and glial fibrillary acidic protein. In total, 21 (53%) of 40 meningiomas were immunoreactive for claudin-1, whereas none of the other tumors were positive. In contrast, there was considerable overlap in the distribution of the other antibodies evaluated. Claudin-1 seems to be a specific marker for meningiomas in this context. Although its sensitivity is relatively low, claudin-1 may be helpful in a panel of immunostains to distinguish meningiomas from histologic mimics.

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