Stains & molecular markers

Topic Completed: 1 June 2005

Minor changes: 8 December 2020

Copyright: 2002-2021,, Inc.

PubMed Search: MUC4 [title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. MUC4. website. Accessed January 19th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Transmembrane or membrane bound mucin that provides a protective layer of mucus
  • Normally acts as barrier to apical surface of epithelial cells, playing a protective and regulatory role
Positive staining - normal
  • Tracheobronchial mucosa, colon, stomach, cervix and lung; normal salivary glands
Positive staining - disease
  • Pancreatic, colonic, pulmonary and gastric carcinoma
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