Evidence for field change in oral cancer based on cytokeratin expression

G. R. Ogden, E. B. Lane, D. V. Hopwood, D. M. Chisholm

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    It was hypothesised that one may be able to visualise field changes, which are proposed to exist around tumours, as alterations in keratin intermediate filament protein expression Standard immunohistochemical analysis using a panel of monoclonal anti-keratin antibodies was applied to fresh tissue sections to look for subtle changes in epithelial differentiation not visible in H and E sections. Such changes were observed in clinically normal epithelium from oral cancer patients, involving primarily substantial expression of keratins K8/K7 (using CAM 5.2) in the basal cells of 12 out of 34 biopsies, and also a trend towards a reduction in the complexity of keratin differentiation. Monitoring such changes may prove to be a valuable adjunct to conventional H and E staining if found to have prognostic and diagnostic significance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1324-1330
    Number of pages7
    JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1993


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