Laser scanning cytometry quantification of estrogen receptors in breast cancer.

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OBJECTIVE: To describe the laser scanning cytometry (LSC) processing and analysis developed for the quantitative analysis of estrogen receptor (ER) content in routine paraffin sections of breast carcinomas. STUDY DESIGN: Histologic sections of archival, paraffin-embedded tissues from 30 breast carcinomas were labeled for ER with fluoresceinated monoclonal antibody. ER expression was quantified by LSC and expressed as percent positive tumor cells and as histogram distributions of receptor expression per cell. Duplicate sections of the same tumors were stained for ER by a conventional immunoperoxidase reaction and percent positive tumor cells counted visually. RESULTS: Percent ER-positive tumor cells by LSC of immunofluorescence-stained sections correlated well with conventional (visual) counts of immunoperoxidase-stained duplicate sections when the latter were categorized as low, intermediate or high percent of positive cells. In addition, the marked variation in relative number of ER binding sites per cell could be quantified by LSC and displayed in histogram distribution. CONCLUSION: LSC measurements are fast and objective and can be carried out on sections of paraffin-embedded tissue after routine processing in the pathology laboratory. In addition, LSC data provide the relative number of ER binding sites per unit of DNA; that may reveal clinically significant skewed distributions or subpopulations of tumor cells.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gorczyca, W; Davidian, M; Gherson, J; Ashikari, R; Darzynkiewicz, Z; Melamed, MR

Published Date

  • December 1998

Published In

  • Anal Quant Cytol Histol

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 470 - 476

PubMed ID

  • 9870098


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States