Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 30 October 2015, last major update October 2013

Copyright: (c) 2003-2015,, Inc.

PubMed Search: calponin[title]
Cite this page: Calponin. website. Accessed February 19th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Actin filament associated regulatory protein
  • h1 (basic) isoform is smooth muscle specific, but a late stage smooth muscle marker; described below
  • h2 isoform is found in smooth muscle and non muscle cells; not described below
Uses by pathologists
Positive staining - normal
Positive staining - disease
Negative staining
  • Adenoid cystic carcinoma
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Sclerosing lobular hyperplasia

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Adenomyoepithelioma (fig I)

Salivary gland-

Adenoid cystic carcinoma-
submandibular gland

Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma


Hidradenoma papilliferum

MFH of bone (fig B, F)

Pleomorphic adenoma of nasal cavity (fig 4B)

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Phyllodes tumor-malignant, metastatic (fig D)

Basal cell adenoma

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (fig E)
versus collagenous spherulosis (fig J)