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Epididymal cystadenomas and epithelial tumourlets: effects of VHL deficiency on the human epididymis

Glasker, S; Tran, M; Shively, SB; Ikejin, B; Lonser, RR; Maxwell, PH; ... Vortmeyer, AO; + view all (2006) Epididymal cystadenomas and epithelial tumourlets: effects of VHL deficiency on the human epididymis. J PATHOL , 210 (1) 32 - 41. 10.1002/path.2029.

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Abstract

Although epididymal cystadenomas (ECAs) are among the most frequent VHL disease-associated tumours, fundamental questions about their pathogenesis have remained unanswered. Classification of ECAs is controversial, and the cell of origin is unknown. It is also unknown whether ECAs - like other VHL disease-associated tumours - arise as a result of VHL gene inactivation, and whether ECAs exhibit subsequent activation of hypoxia-inducible factor HIF. Moreover, the morphological spectrum of earliest ECA formation is unknown. In a detailed molecular pathological analysis of a series of epididymides collected from VHL patients at autopsy, we found that ECAs are true neoplasms that arise secondary to inactivation of the wild-type copy of the VHL gene, followed by early and simultaneous activation of HIFI and HIF2 associated with up-regulation of downstream targets, including CAIX and GLUT-1. The observations also indicate that ECA formation evolves from a variety of microscopic epithelial tumourlets, and that these tumourlets are confined to the efferent ductular system. Although genetic and immunohistocheMical analysis of precursor structures consistently revealed VHL gene inactivation and activation of HIF in the precursor lesions, only a small subset appears to progress into frank cystadenoma. Thus, ECA tumorigenesis in VHL disease shares fundamental principles with tumorigenesis in other affected organ systems. Copyright (c) 2006 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Type:Article
Title:Epididymal cystadenomas and epithelial tumourlets: effects of VHL deficiency on the human epididymis
DOI:10.1002/path.2029
Keywords:von Hippel-Lindau disease, epididymis cystadenoma, tumour suppressor gene, hypoxia-inducible factor, HIPPEL-LINDAU-DISEASE, HYPOXIA-INDUCIBLE FACTORS, PAPILLARY CYSTADENOMA, SUPPRESSOR GENE, CLEAR-CELL, BILATERAL PAPILLARY, RENAL-CARCINOMA, FACTORS HIF-1-ALPHA, PROTEIN, SAC
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Medicine (Division of)

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