Histopathological classification of pseudomyxoma peritonei and the prognostic importance of PINCH protein

Anticancer Res. 2012 Apr;32(4):1443-8.


Aim: The aims of this study were i) to assess a new and more detailed histopathological classification and to analyze concordance between pathologists in the histopathological classification of pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP); ii) to analyze the expression in the stroma of the particularly interesting new cysteine-histidine (PINCH) protein and its prognostic importance in PMP.

Materials and methods: Surgical specimens from 81 patients, classified according to the Ronnett et al histopathological classification were compared to a new system with four groups ranging from indolent to aggressive growth patterns. PINCH protein expression was analyzed and was related to clinical variables.

Results: The new four-group classification provided better prognostic information than the classification according to Ronnett et al. (p=0.04). Expression of the PINCH protein in the stroma was found in 83% of the cases and was associated with high tumor burden (p=0.002) and a poor prognosis (p=0.04).

Conclusion: The proposed new PMP classification system may provide additional prognostic information. PINCH protein is expressed in PMP and has prognostic information.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing / physiology*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • LIM Domain Proteins / physiology*
  • Male
  • Membrane Proteins / physiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Pseudomyxoma Peritonei / metabolism*


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • LIM Domain Proteins
  • LIMS1 protein, human
  • Membrane Proteins