Wnt signaling as a possible promoting factor of cell differentiation in pleomorphic adenomas

Yukiko Okuda, Keisuke Nakano, Koji Suzuki, Yoshihiko Sugita, Katsutoshi Kubo, Hatsuhiko Maeda, Norimasa Okafuji, Hiromasa Hasegawa, Toshiyuki Kawakami

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Abstract

There are well known that Wnt signaling was some roles of cell differentiation at the development tissues, especially the oral and maxillofacial regions of some developmental stages. Therefore, to determine Wnt signaling in the pleomorphic adenoma tissues, we examined. The expression of Wnt1 and β-catenin as well as the distribution of various cytoskeletal proteins CK7 and CK13 was examined in 30 cases of pleomorphic adenoma by immunohistochemistry. Wnt1 was detected in almost all tumor cells. The peripheral columnar cells in squamous metaplasia and small cuboidal cells in duct-like structures were strongly positive to Wnt1. Although β-catenin was clearly localized on the cell membrane of tumor cells, nuclear translocation was observed in small cuboidal cells and in some basaloid cells. The immunofluorescent staining pattern of Wnt1 and CK7 as well as Wnt1 and CK13 was consistent with IHC results. Thus, in pleomorphic adenoma, Wnt is involved in tumor cell differentiation of peripheral columnar cells forming solid nests and small peripheral columnar cells forming duct-like structures. Moreover, among the three currently known Wnt pathways, β-catenin is the suggested pathway working during cell differentiation. Furthermore, peripheral columnar cells in solid tumor nests and in squamous metaplasia are governed by another Wnt pathway other than β-catenin. Therefore, Wnt signaling through β-catenin pathway may be involved in the 'mixed' differentiation characteristic of pleomorphic adenoma although another pathway may also be possibly working in other parts of the tumor tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-978
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of medical sciences
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 10 2014

Keywords

  • Cell differentiation
  • Cytokeratin
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Pleomorphic adenoma
  • Wnt signaling
  • β-catenin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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