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      nm23 Expression in Choroidal Melanoma

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          nm23 protein expression of choroidal melanoma was investigated to determine its relationship with clinical and histopathological characteristics of the tumour. Thirty-four consecutive choroidal melanoma patients were examined by immunohistochemistry. Although age, sex, tumour cell type, tumour size, pigmentation, necrosis, apoptosis and tumour lymphocytic infiltration were not correlated with nm23 protein expression, tumours with low percentages of nm23-positive cells revealed higher nuclear grades and predominant mitotic figures. nm23 may be associated with melanoma progression, but there is no proof that it plays a role in the metabolic process of the tumour.

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          Histopathologic characteristics of uveal melanomas in eyes enucleated from the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study. COMS report no. 6.

          To describe the principal histopathologic findings in a series of 1,527 globes with uveal melanoma and the relationship of these findings to each other. All eyes enucleated in the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study (COMS) were examined independently by three ophthalmic pathologists and the findings recorded on a data form. A composite of findings was obtained after adjudication. The diagnosis was choroidal melanoma in 1,527 (99.7%) of 1,532 cases examined. Misdiagnoses were metastatic adenocarcinoma (four) and hemangioma (one). Spindle cell (9.0%), mixed cell (86.0%), and epithelioid cell (5.0%) types were observed. Medium tumors were located more posteriorly than large tumors. Considerable local invasion was seen: rupture of Bruch's membrane (87.7%), invasion of the retina (49.1%), tumor cells in the vitreous (25.2%), vortex vein invasion (8.9%), invasion of tumor vessels by tumor cells (13.8%), and invasion into emissary canals (55.0%). Overall, 81.1% demonstrated local invasion, excluding rupture of Bruch's membrane. Scleral invasion was present in 55.7% of eyes, and extrascleral extension was present in 8.2%. Mitotic activity was significantly reduced in eyes that had received preenucleation radiation treatment (P < .001). The number of macrophages in the tumor increased with increased pigmentation (P < .001) and increased necrosis (P < .01). The accuracy of diagnosis in the COMS is high, with histopathologic confirmation of the diagnosis at 99.7%. Extensive local invasion of the tumor was seen. Preenucleation irradiation significantly reduced the number of mitotic figures. An association was found regarding the presence of macrophages, the level of pigmentation, and degree of necrosis.
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            The morphologic characteristics of tumor blood vessels as a marker of tumor progression in primary human uveal melanoma: a matched case-control study.

            Nine morphologic patterns of tumor vessels were identified in eyes removed for ciliary body or choroidal melanoma by the examination of tissue sections stained with fluorescein-conjugated Ulex europaeus I using laser scanning confocal microscopy. This technique also highlights intravascular tumor invasion. Each of these nine morphologic patterns of tumor vessels also may be demonstrated by a modification of the periodic acid-Schiff reaction, viewed with a green narrow band pass filter, but this modified histochemical technique does not accurately identify intravascular tumor invasion. Most tumors have a heterogeneous distribution of vascular patterns. Melanomas in two groups of 20 tumors each were matched by tumor size and location (one group of tumors from patients who survived at least 15 years free of metastatic melanoma after enucleation and one group of tumors from patients who died of metastatic melanoma). A matched case-control analysis indicates that the presence of at least one closed vascular loop in a uveal melanoma is the most significant vascular pattern associated with death from metastatic melanoma after enucleation. Closed loops are associated with other histologic features that are predictive of an unfavorable outcome after enucleation: epithelioid cells and mitotic figures. In this preliminary study the formation of closed vascular loops is a marker of tumor progression in ciliary body and choroidal melanomas.

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              Ophthalmic Res
              Ophthalmic Research
              S. Karger AG
              December 2000
              17 October 2000
              : 32
              : 6
              : 257-260
              aOphthalmology Department, Süleyman Demirel University, Medical Faculty, Isparta, bSSK Ankara Eye Hospital, Ulucanlar Ankara, cPathology Department, Hacettepe University, Medical Faculty, and dOphthalmology Department and ePathology Department, Ankara University, Medical Faculty, Ankara, Turkey
              55623 Ophthalmic Res 2000;32:257–260
              © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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