Anaplasia and heterogeneity of GFAP expression in gliomas.

D. Schiffer, M. T. Giordana, I. Germano, A. Mauro

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GFAP (glial fibrillary acidic protein) distribution was investigated in selected areas of glioblastomas and astrocytomas. The proliferating cell population of glioblastomas was GFAP negative and contained many mitoses which were also negative. The old, deeply located areas were composed of cells with visible cytoplasm, intensely GFAP-positive; mitoses in these areas were both GFAP-positive and negative. GFAP-positive reactive astrocytes, once trapped in the tumor, were no longer distinguishable from positive tumor cells. They sometimes contained mitoses. In astrocytoma, anaplasia was due to the development of a GFAP-negative population with negative mitoses. The problem of dedifferentiation and differentiation of malignant gliomas in discussed taking into account the possibility that malignancy may be due to increasing mutation rates of tumors. The problem of redifferentiation of already dedifferentiated cells is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 30 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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