Immunohistochemical analysis of procathepsin L and cathepsin B in cutaneous Kaposi's sarcoma

Matthias Thewes, Reinhard Engst, Maren Jürgens, Siegfried Borelli

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Background: The expression of the proteinases cathepsins L and B are induced in tumors by malignant transformation, growth factors, and tumor promoters suggesting they play an important role in tumor invasion and metastasis. Methods: By immunohistochemistry, procathepsin L and cathepsin B were studied in patients with Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissues from 29 cases of KS (AIDS-associated KS, n = 24; non-AIDS-associated KS, n = 5) were immunolabeled with the polyclonal antibody directed against procathepsin L and the antisera directed against cathepsin B. Results: Normal epidermis, eccrine sweat glands, and hair follicle expressed both cathepsins. We also found a positive staining for procathepsin L in normal blood vessels. In both 'angiomatous and 'fibroblastic' lesions of KS no expression of these enzymes was observed. Conclusions: These findings support the hypothesis of a benign autochthonous origin of the lesions, such as a hyperplasia.

Seiten (von - bis)100-103
FachzeitschriftInternational Journal of Dermatology
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Feb. 1997


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