Neurofilament proteins

The neurofilaments are composed of three subunits with molecular weights of 68, 150 and 200 kD respectively. They may exist in phosphorylated and non-phosphorylated forms and monoclonal antibodies may be specific to one of these forms. The 68 kD protein appears to be more widespread than the 200 kD form1. Even with antigen retrieval, immunoreactivity in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues is not strong.

Immunohistochemical expression

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Diagnostic utility


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1Shy, S.W., Lee, W.H., Chou, M.C., Lai, Y.S. and Tu, Y.C. Small cell lung carcinoma: clinicopathological, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural study. J Surg Oncol 1990;45:146-61.

2Miettinen, M., J. Chatten, et al. (1998). "Monoclonal antibody NB84 in the differential diagnosis of neuroblastoma and other small round cell tumors." Am J Surg Pathol 22(3): 327-32.

3Lehto, V. P., M. Miettinen, et al. (1984). "Bronchial carcinoid cells contain neural-type intermediate filaments." Cancer 54(4): 624-8.

4Sibley, R. K. and D. Dahl (1985). "Primary neuroendocrine (Merkel cell?) carcinoma of the skin. II. An immunocytochemical study of 21 cases." Am J Surg Pathol 9(2): 109-16.

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