Stains & CD markers

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PubMed Search: Inhibin A[title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Inhibin is a heterodimeric protein (with alpha and beta subunits) that inhibits or activates pituitary FSH secretion
  • Most studies focus on Inhibin A
  • Serum levels elevated (2x) in women with Down fetus
Positive staining - normal
  • Sertoli cells (diffuse and strong), granulosa cells, prostate, brain, adrenal
  • Leydig cells (Mod Pathol 1998;11:774)
Positive staining - disease
  • Sex-cord stromal tumors, including Sertoli cell tumors, Leydig cell tumors (Mod Pathol 1998;11:774), adrenocortical tumors, placental and gestational trophoblastic lesions, granular cell tumors of gallbladder and extrahepatic bile ducts (Am J Surg Pathol 2001;25:1200), some carcinomas
Negative staining
  • Primary ovarian carcinomas (usually)
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