Cell surface molecules in basal cell carcinomasDermatology Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
Medical Subject HeadingsAdult; Aged; Carcinoma, Basal Cell; Cell Adhesion Molecules; Female; Humans; Immunoglobulins; Integrins; Male; Middle Aged; Neoplasm Invasiveness; Neoplasm Metastasis; Selectins; Skin Neoplasms
AbstractBACKGROUND: The factors determining a basal cell carcinoma's (BCC's) growth pattern and invasive potential are not known. In other tumors it has been shown recently that the expression of cellular adhesion molecules may determine a tumor's invasive and metastatic potential. Integrins, cell surface molecules important in cell stroma interactions, are present on BCCs and may help regulate the tumor's growth pattern. OBJECTIVE: We compared the expression of cellular adhesion molecules alpha 2 integrin, beta 1 integrin, intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1), leukocyte function antigen 1a (LFA-1a), and E-selectin in different histological subtypes of basal cell carcinomas. METHODS: BCCs were obtained from patients undergoing Mohs surgery. The BCCs were classified as nodular, micronodular, mixed, infiltrative, and basosquamous types and stained using an avidin-biotin-immunoperoxidase technique with antibodies against alpha 2 integrin, beta 1 integrin, ICAM, LFA-1a, VCAM-1, and E-selectin. RESULTS: BCCs expressed alpha 2 and beta 1 integrin, but no significant differences in the amount or pattern of expression was seen in the different histologic subtypes. CONCLUSION: The expression of integrins by BCCs by binding to the surrounding stroma may limit BCC's growth; however, their expression does not appear to correlate with their histological pattern.
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Citation InformationMary Pentel, Klaus F. Helm and Mary E. Maloney. "Cell surface molecules in basal cell carcinomas" Vol. 21 Iss. 10 (1995) ISSN: 1076-0512 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mary_maloney/25/