Thyroid transcription factor 1 expression in small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder: An immunohistochemical profile of 44 cases

Timothy D. Jones, Kevin M. Kernek, Ximing J. Yang, Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Gregory T. MacLennan, John N. Eble, Haiqun Lin, Chong Xian Pan, Maria Tretiakova, Lee Ann Baldridge, Liang Cheng

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Abstract

Small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder is a rare and aggressive tumor resembling small cell carcinoma of the lung. Thyroid transcription factor 1 (TTF-1) expression is common in small cell carcinomas arising in the lung. However, studies of its expression in extrapulmonary small cell carcinomas have yielded varying results. Because information concerning the immunohistochemical profile of small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder is limited, we investigated the immunoreactivity of this tumor to a battery of antibodies in a series of 44 cases. Using 5-μm sections cut from paraffin-embedded tissue blocks, immunohistochemistry was performed to detect TTF-1, cytokeratin (CK) 7, CK20, and uroplakin antigenicity in 44 cases of small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder. None of the patients had primary lung tumors. The TTF-1 immunohistochemical stain showed nuclear positivity in 17 cases (39%). Positive immunostaining for CK7 was observed in 26 cases (59%). There was no positive staining with either CK20 or uroplakin. There was no correlation between TTF-1 expression and survival (P = .27). In addition, TTF-1 expression did not correlate with clinicopathological characteristics, including age (P = .74), sex (P = .53), smoking history (P = .96), clinical stage (P = .10), pathological T stage (P = .50), lymph node metastasis (P = .40), and distant metastasis (P = .58). In summary, TTF-1 expression in small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder was found in 39% of the tumors, demonstrating that this marker is expressed in small cell carcinomas other than those of pulmonary origin. Small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder is positive for CK7 immunostaining in 59% of cases consistent with its origin from urothelium. Unlike urothelial carcinoma, expression of CK20 and uroplakin in small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder is consistently negative, and thus, these stains do not appear to be useful in the diagnosis of this neoplasm. TTF-1 positivity is not a significant prognostic factor in small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-723
Number of pages6
JournalHuman pathology
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

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Keywords

  • Cytokeratin 20
  • Cytokeratin 7
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Neoplasm
  • Small cell carcinoma
  • TTF-1
  • Urinary bladder
  • Uroplakin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Jones, T. D., Kernek, K. M., Yang, X. J., Lopez-Beltran, A., MacLennan, G. T., Eble, J. N., Lin, H., Pan, C. X., Tretiakova, M., Baldridge, L. A., & Cheng, L. (2005). Thyroid transcription factor 1 expression in small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder: An immunohistochemical profile of 44 cases. Human pathology, 36(7), 718-723. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humpath.2005.04.007