Two cell lines established from mixed müllerian tumors of the uterus. Morphologic, immunocytochemical, and cytogenetic analyses

Cancer. 1992 Apr 1;69(7):1759-68. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19920401)69:7<1759::aid-cncr2820690718>;2-z.


To clarify the cellular origin and characteristics of malignant mixed müllerian tumor (MMMT), the authors investigated two cell lines (designated as FU-MMT-1 and FU-MMT-2) established from two patients with heterologous MMMT of the uterus. Both cell lines propagated continuously for 83 and 55 serial passages over 1.5 years, respectively. Morphologically, FU-MMT-2 was a mixture of carcinoma cells and sarcoma cells with predominance of carcinoma cells; FU-MMT-1 only had a sarcomatous element with distinct rhabdomyoblastic differentiation. Immunocytochemically, the sarcoma cells of each cell line expressed, not only myogenic and mesenchymal antigens (desmin, myoglobin, and vimentin), but also epithelial antigens, including epithelial membrane antigen and keratin. The carcinoma cells in FU-MMT-2 were positive for the epithelial antigens and vimentin and negative for desmin and myoglobin. Both lines had abnormal karyotypes; the modal chromosome numbers of FU-MMT-1 and FU-MMT-2 were 47 and 80, respectively. In addition, FU-MMT-1 had trisomy 8, and FU-MMT-2 had complex structural abnormalities. When transplanted into nude mice, FU-MMT-1 reproduced and maintained the characteristics of the original tumor. These cell lines and xenografts appear to provide a useful system for studying the biologic behavior, cytogenetic features, and histogenesis of MMMT. In conclusion, the presence of epithelial antigens in the sarcomatous and carcinomatous elements seemed to support the hypothesis that both elements are derived from a common stem cell.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Karyotyping
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Nude
  • Microscopy
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Transplantation
  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal / genetics
  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal / pathology*
  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal / ultrastructure
  • Transplantation, Heterologous
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Uterine Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Uterine Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Uterine Neoplasms / ultrastructure