Expression of the laminin gamma 2 chain in pancreatic adenocarcinoma

J Pathol. 1996 Nov;180(3):290-4. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-9896(199611)180:3<290::AID-PATH661>3.0.CO;2-6.


Forty-two pancreatic adenocarcinomas were investigated immunohistochemically and by in situ hybridization for the expression of the laminin gamma 2 chain. In 41 cases, intracytoplasmic immunoreactivity for the gamma 2 chain was seen. Positive tumour cells were located especially at the epithelial-stromal interface of the tumour cell islands. In 22 cases, diffuse laminin gamma 2 chain immunoreactivity could also be seen in stroma and in seven cases, occasional positivity was detected in the neoplastic basement membranes. Signals for laminin gamma 2 chain mRNA in tumour cells displayed a distribution similar to that observed on immunohistochemistry. There were significantly more cases with less than 20 per cent of laminin gamma 2 chain-positive tumour cells in tumours extending to peripancreatic tissues and/or tumours with regional or distant metastases (p = 0.029). A corresponding statistical significance could also be noted in the mRNA level (P = 0.025). The results show that pancreatic adenocarcinomas display a high activity of laminin gamma 2 chain synthesis. Tumours with a strong laminin gamma 2 chain synthesis show a lower invasive and metastatic potential than tumours with a weak or moderate laminin gamma 2 chain expression.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / metabolism*
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Adenocarcinoma / secondary
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / genetics
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics
  • Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics


  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger
  • kalinin