HNF-1 beta in Ovarian Carcinomas With Serous and Clear Cell Change INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GYNECOLOGICAL PATHOLOGY DeLair, D., Han, G., Irving, J. A., Leung, S., Ewanowich, C. A., Longacre, T. A., Gilks, C. B., Soslow, R. A. 2013; 32 (6): 541-546


Many ovarian tumors, including high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC), show clear cell change. Accurate diagnosis is important, however, as ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC) is known to be less responsive to traditional types of ovarian cancer chemotherapies. In a previous study, the clinical, morphologic, and immunohistochemical features of 32 ovarian carcinomas, which had been previously diagnosed as pure OCCC (n=11), pure HGSC (n=11), and mixed serous and clear cell (MSC) (n=10), were analyzed. The immunoreactivities of WT1, ER, and p53, as well as the mitotic indices and stages of presentation of the MSC, were similar to those of HGSC. It was consequently concluded that MSC represented HGSC with clear cell change. Hepatocyte nuclear factor-1ß (HNF-1ß) is a relatively new immunohistochemical marker that has been shown to be rather sensitive and specific for OCCC. We thus sought to evaluate this marker in this specific group of tumors. One block each of pure HGSC and pure OCCC were stained with HNF-1ß. In the cases of MSC, 2 blocks were stained when the serous and clear cell components were not present on the same slide. None (0/11) of the pure HGSC showed immunoreactivity for HNF-1ß, whereas all (11/11) of the pure OCCC were positive. In the cases of MSC, both the serous and clear cell components were negative for HNF-1ß. HNF-1ß seems to be a sensitive and specific marker for OCCC and is not expressed in HGSC with clear cell change. The pattern of immunoreactivity of HNF-1ß in tumors with both serous and clear cell change supports the conclusion that MSC are HGSC with clear cells.

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