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Serous papillary adenocarcinoma possibly related to the presence of primitive oocyte-like cells in the adult ovarian surface epithelium: a case report

Virant-Klun, Irma ; Skutella, Thomas ; Cvjeticanin, Branko ; Stimpfel, Martin ; Sinkovec, Jasna

In: Journal of Ovarian Research, 4 (2011), Nr. 13. pp. 1-5. ISSN 1757-2215

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Abstract

Introduction: The presence of oocytes in the ovarian surface epithelium has already been confirmed in the fetal ovaries. We report the presence of SSEA-4, SOX-2, VASA and ZP2-positive primitive oocyte-like cells in the adult ovarian surface epithelium of a patient with serous papillary adenocarcinoma. Case presentation: Ovarian tissue was surgically retrieved from a 67-year old patient. Histological analysis revealed serous papillary adenocarcinoma. A proportion of ovarian cortex sections was deparaffinized and immunohistochemically stained for the expression of markers of pluripotency SSEA-4 and SOX-2 and oocyte-specific markers VASA and ZP2. The analysis confirmed the presence of round, SSEA-4, SOX-2, VASA and ZP2-positive primitive oocyte-like cells in the ovarian surface epithelium. These cells were possibly related to the necrotic malignant tissue. Conclusion: Primitive oocyte-like cells present in the adult ovarian surface epithelium persisting probably from the fetal period of life or developed from putative stem cells are a pathological condition which is not observed in healthy adult ovaries, and might be related to serous papillary adenocarcinoma manifestation in the adult ovarian surface epithelium. This observation needs attention to be further investigated.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Ovarian Research
Volume: 4
Number: 13
Publisher: BioMed Central
Place of Publication: London
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 09:45
Date: 2011
ISSN: 1757-2215
Page Range: pp. 1-5
Faculties / Institutes: Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Institut für Anatomie und Zellbiologie
Subjects: 610 Medical sciences Medicine
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