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Cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 expressing macrophages/microglial cells and COX-2 expressing astrocytes accumulate during oligodendroglioma progression.

Authors: Deininger, MH  Meyermann, R  Trautmann, K  Morgalla, M  Duffner, F  Grote, EH  Wickboldt, J  Schluesener, HJ 
Citation: Deininger MH, etal., Brain Res. 2000 Dec 1;885(1):111-6.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:11121536

Cyclooxygenases (COX, prostaglandin endoperoxide synthases, PGG/H synthases) are potent mediators of edema, impeding blood flow and immunomodulation in the pathologically altered brain. Two COX iso-enzymes have been associated with brain disease, the constitutively expressed COX-1 and the cytokine-inducible COX-2. We have used single and double labeling immunohistochemistry to analyse COX-1 and COX-2 expression in twenty-six primary WHO grade II oligodendrogliomas, sixteen primary WHO grade III anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, twenty-seven matched recurrences and ten neuropathologically unaltered brains. COX-1 immunoreactivity was predominantly observed in macrophages/microglial cells. The number of COX-1 expressing macrophages/microglial cells was significantly lower in primary oligodendrogliomas than in primary anaplastic oligodendrogliomas (P<0.0001) and in anaplastic oligodendroglioma relapses (P=0.011). Patients with low COX-1 labeling scores in the primary tumors had significantly longer time to progression and overall survival (P=0.0285) than those with high COX-1 labeling scores. COX-2 immunoreactivity was predominantly observed in disseminated neurons and astrocytes. In glioblastoma multiforme relapses, accumulation of COX-2 expressing astrocytes was observed surrounding areas of focal necrosis. The number of COX-2 expressing astrocytes was significantly (P=0.0471) lower in primary oligodendrogliomas than in high grade oligodendroglioma relapses. These data provide convincing evidence for the differential accumulation of cyclooxygenase isoforms during oligodendroglioma progression in vivo.


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