Correlation of p63 immunoreactivity with tumor grade in meningiomas

Elisabeth J. Rushing*, Cara Olsen, Yan Gao Man

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Predicting tumor behavior in meningiomas based on morphologic features alone remains difficult. The present study was undertaken to assess the correlation between p63 expression and histological grade of meningiomas. A total of 37 archival intracranial meningiomas were classified into 20 grade I, 13 grade II, and 4 grade III meningiomas. Using immunohistochemical methods, staining was scored based on nuclear and/or cytoplasmic distribution as follows: 0, no staining; 1, 50% or less of the cells; 2, more than 50% of the cells. Of grade I meningiomas, 95% (19/20) lacked nuclear p63 expression and none exhibited cytoplasmic staining. Overall, 92% of grade II tumors showed nuclear expression and 31% (4/13) showed cytoplasmic expression. Grade III tumors showed an overall nuclear expression of 75% (3/4) with all exhibiting cytoplasmic staining. Our results indicate a good correlation exists between histological grade and p63 protein expression, suggesting that p63 expression might be correlated with the clinical outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Surgical Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Meningioma
  • Pathology
  • p63


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