Immunohistochemical analysis of clear cell carcinoma of the gynecologic tract

Russell Vang, Bonnie P. Whitaker, Anwar I. Farhood, Elvio G. Silva, Jae Y. Ro, Michael T. Deavers

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Clear cell carcinoma of the gynecologic tract has been defined in terms of its clinical and histologic features; however, its immunophenotypic profile has not been fully characterized. Seventeen cases of primary clear cell carcinoma from various sites within the female genital tract (11 ovary, 5 uterus, 1 vagina) were analyzed by immunohistochemistry. These tumors were assessed for the expression of cytokeratin 7 (CK7), cytokeratin 20 (CK20), low and high molecular weight cytokeratins (CAM5.2 and 34βE12, respectively), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), Leu-M1, vimentin, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), bcl-2, p53, HER-2/neu, and CA-125. The characteristic immunoprofile for all sites was positivity for CK7, CAM5.2, 34βE12, CEA, Leu-M1, vimentin, bcl-2, p53, and CA-125; variably positivity for ER and HER-2/neu; and negativity for CK20 and PR. For comparison, two cases of urologic clear cell carcinoma (1 bladder, 1 urethra) were also studied, and their profile was found to be similar to the gynecologic cases. Aside from minor differences. clear cell carcinoma appears to have the same immunophenotype regardless of whether it originates in the endometrium, ovary, or genitourinary tract. Much of its profile is similar to other gynecologic adenocarcinomas, but some of the markers studied may be useful in the differential diagnosis of this tumor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-259
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Bladder
  • CK20
  • CK7
  • Clear cell carcinoma
  • Endometrium
  • Gynecologic
  • HER-2/neu
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Keratin
  • Ovary
  • Urethra
  • Urologic
  • Uterus
  • Vagina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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