Reviewer: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 11 June 2012, last major update June 2012
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● Also called CLDN6
● Tight junction protein mostly restricted to embryonic and fetal life (BMC Cancer 2006 Jul 12;6:186)
● Membranous staining
● May act as tumor suppressor in breast cancer cell lines (Eur J Cancer Prev 2010;19:186)
● Coreceptor for Hepatitis C virus (J Virol 2007;81:12465)
Uses by pathologists
● No definite uses at this time
Breast: normal (left) and invasive ductal carcinoma (right)
Breast: variable staining in invasive ductal carcinoma
Stomach: normal (left) and gastric adenocarcinoma (right)
Positive staining - normal
● Tight junction protein mostly restricted to embryonic and fetal life
Positive staining - disease
● Breast invasive ductal carcinoma (variable, J Breast Cancer 2011;14:20)
● Stains many atypical teratoid or rhabdoid tumors (Am J Surg Pathol 2010;34:341), but also expressed in other pediatric CNS and soft tissue tumors (Am J Surg Pathol 2012;36:73)
● Downregulated in breast invasive ductal carcinoma (Diagn Pathol 2012;7:33)
End of Stains > Claudin-6
Ref Updated: 6/7/12
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