Immunohistochemistry analysis of platelet-derived growth factor A and B chains and platelet-derived growth factor alpha and beta receptor expression in benign prostatic hyperplasias and Gleason-graded human prostate adenocarcinomas

Mod Pathol. 1994 Jun;7(5):549-54.


The purpose of this study was to determine whether changes in the expression of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and its receptors were associated with prostate cancer. Peroxidase-anti-peroxidase-immunoperoxidase labeling was used to detect the A and B chains and alpha and beta receptors of PDGF in 5 benign prostatic hyperplasias and 13 human prostate adenocarcinomas (Gleason grades 2 to 9). In all 5 benign prostatic hyperplasias, none of the PDGF antibodies (even at high titers, 1:50 dilutions) labeled the epithelial or the stromal cells. In adenocarcinomas, the A chain and alpha receptor antibodies labeled both epithelial and stromal cells. The intensity of the staining was relatively high in low Gleason grade (<6) and low in high Gleason grade (>7) tissue; however, the B chain and beta receptor antibodies failed to label either epithelial or stromal cells in any of the 13 adenocarcinomas. The data suggest that PDGF A and alpha receptor genes may be preferentially turned on in epithelial and stromal prostate tumor cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / chemistry*
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / analysis*
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / chemistry
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / metabolism*
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / pathology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / chemistry*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Receptors, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / analysis*
  • Receptors, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / chemistry


  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor
  • Receptors, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor