To differentiate reactive mesothelial cells (RMs) from metastatic carcinoma and malignant mesothelioma (MM) in effusion cytology is crucial for the cytologic diagnosis and the management of the patients. In the present study, the immunocytochemical staining profile of the epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), the insulin-like growth factor-II mRNA-binding protein 3 (IMP3), and the glucose transporter-1 (GLUT-1) was examined to distinguish RMs from malignant cells. A total of 171 pleural (n = 87) and peritoneal (n = 84) effusion specimens, including 50 benign effusions with RMs, 11 MM effusions, and 110 metastatic malignant effusions, were evaluated for immunocytochemistry. EMA, IMP3, monoclonal GLUT-1, and polyclonal GLUT-1 immunoreactivity were observed in 26.0%, 6.0%, 20.0%, and 18.0% of RMs, respectively. In contrast to RMs, the immunoreactivity in MM was 100%, 36.4%, 100%, and 90.9%; adenocarcinoma (AC) was 100%, 80.8%, 81.7%, and 72.1%; squamous-cell carcinoma was 83.3%, 83.3%, 83.3%, and 66.7%. EMA, IMP3, mGLUT-1, and pGLUT-1 expressions were observed in 98.4%, 65.6%, 88.5%, and 75.4% in the pleural effusion with malignant cells, and 100%, 88.3%, 78.3%, and 71.7% in ascites containing malignant cells, respectively. The findings of the present study indicate that the immunocytochemical staining for EMA, IMP3, and GLUT-1 is a useful diagnostic tool for distinguishing effusions containing malignant cells from those that contain benign cells, and in particular, we suggest that the combination of mGLUT-1 and EMA, and IMP3 and EMA are extremely useful in pleural effusion and in ascites, respectively.
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