Brain tumor invasion rate measured in vitro does not correlate with Ki-67 expression

J Neurooncol. 1999;45(2):111-6. doi: 10.1023/a:1006375316331.


The need for more accurate prediction of the biological behavior of brain tumors has lead to the use of immunohistochemical methods for assessment of proliferating cell nuclear antigens such as Ki-67. There is a variable association of glioma Ki-67 labeling index with patient survival. Brain invasion by individual tumor cells also defines biological aggressiveness, and can be assessed in vitro. Further, proliferation and migration seem to be mutually exclusive behaviors for a given cell at a point in time. We studied the relationship between Ki-67 labeling index and invasion rate in a group of 10 gliomas, and 2 meningiomas. Human tumor spheroids obtained from operative specimen were co-cultured with fetal rat brain aggregates, and invasion rate was measured by confocal microscopic observation. There was no correlation between two measures of invasion and Ki-67 labeling. This finding supports the dichotomous nature of glioma proliferation and invasion, and may in part explain the limited usefulness of proliferation marker labeling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Astrocytoma / pathology
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Brain Neoplasms / surgery
  • Coculture Techniques
  • Fetus
  • Glioblastoma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Ki-67 Antigen / analysis*
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Meningioma / pathology
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive / pathology
  • Oligodendroglioma / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Ki-67 Antigen