Expression of the trefoil peptides pS2 and human spasmolytic polypeptide (hSP) in Barrett's metaplasia and the native oesophageal epithelium: delineation of epithelial phenotype

The Journal of Pathology
A M HanbyN A Wright


The distribution of the two trefoil peptides pS2 and human spasmolytic polypeptide (hSP) and their mRNAs was investigated in 90 selected oesophageal biopsies, 23 of which contained epithelium with wholly gastric cardiac-type morphology, 52 specialized (intestinal)-type metaplasia, and 15 non-metaplastic oesophageal epithelium. No fundic-type epithelium was represented. The cardiac-type epithelium resembled true gastric antral epithelium, with hSP and pS2 mRNA localization to the superficial/foveolar compartment and hSP mRNA alone in deeper glands. The pattern of peptide distribution was broadly in line with the mRNA, but hSP peptide was generally not demonstrable in the surface epithelium. pS2 immunostaining was diffusely cytoplasmic, whereas in specialized-type mucosa it was aggregated and cytoplasmic. hSP mRNA was demonstrable in surface epithelium of incomplete- but not complete-type intestinal (specialized) metaplasia. Deep glands with morphological features of pyloric glands/ulcer-associated cell lineage (UACL) typically contained only hSP peptide and its mRNA. In three biopsies containing specialized epithelium, small foci morphologically identical to true small intestinal surface epithelium were seen in which only pS2 mR...Continue Reading


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