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CD117 Expression Influences Proliferation but not Survival in Canine Mammary Tumours
- Brunetti, B., Beha, G., Benazzi, C., Bondin, V., De Tolla, L., Sarli, G.
- Journal of comparative pathology 2014 v.151 no.2-3 pp. 202-206
- animal tissues, cell membranes, dogs, immunohistochemistry, mammary glands, mammary neoplasms (animal), proto-oncogenes, receptor protein-tyrosine kinase
- CD117 is a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor encoded by the c-Kit proto-oncogene. The immunohistochemical expression of CD117 was examined in 49 specimens of canine mammary glands (eight normal/hyperplastic, 11 benign tumours and 30 malignant tumours). Expression was assessed as: (1) presence or absence of CD117; (2) membrane, cytoplasmic, or both, distributions; and (3) percentage of CD117-labelled cells. None of these three immunohistochemical parameters was correlated with the type of mammary tissue (i.e. normal, benign or malignant), histotypes or histological stage of malignant tumours, or survival. An association was observed between Ki67 index and all three CD117 labelling parameters only for malignant tumours, with a significant increase in proliferative activity in tumours expressing CD117, mainly with both cytoplasmic and membrane expression.