Dual-parameter flow cytometric analysis coupling the measurements of forward-angle light scatter and DNA content of archival ovarian carcinomas of low malignant potential

B. Eriksen, D. S. Miller, T. M. Murad, J. R. Lurain, K. D. Bauer

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Abstract

Paraffin-embedded archival specimens from 45 cases of ovarian carcinoma of low malignant potential (OCLMP) were analyzed by flow cytometry (FCM) using propidium iodide (PI) staining. Since single-parameter FCM analysis is often deficient in the resolution of subtle near-diploid DNA-aneuploid populations, forward-angle light scatter (FALS) was measured as a second parameter. DNA aneuploidy was identified in 15 cases (33%). In 7 of those 15 cases, aneuploidy was resolved with single-parameter FCM; in the remaining 8 cases, DNA aneuploidy was resolved only following dual-parameter analysis coupling DNA content and FALS. In all 15 cases, a single near-diploid aneuploid population was observed (mean DNA index = 1.2); there were no tetraploid aneuploid cases. The proliferative activity for all 45 cases studied ranged from 1.0% to 8.9%, with a mean of 3.5%. No difference in mean proliferative activity was observed between the aneuploid and diploid tumors (P > .05). To exclude the possibility that PI staining artifacts caused the observed aneuploidy, five of the eight cases shown to be aneuploid by dual-parameter analysis were further studied using an alternate DNA-binding dye, DAPI, yielding similar results. To exclude the possibility that contaminating stromal and/or inflammatory cells caused the observed aneuploidy, samples from a subset of the dual-parameter cases were sorted, revealing the aneuploid populations to be composed primarily of tumor nuclei. These results suggest that dual-parameter FCM, coupling the measurements of DNA content and FALS, may be useful for the detection of subtle near-diploid DNA aneuploidy in paraffin-embedded specimens, and thus for the possible characterization of OCLMT, whose biologic behavior is difficult to assess histologically or clinically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalAnalytical and Quantitative Cytology and Histology
Volume13
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 5 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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