Mar 21, 2020

Secretagogin, a marker for neuroendocrine cells, is more sensitive and specific in large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma compared with the markers CD56, CgA, Syn and Napsin A

Oncology Letters
Yunlong DongJun Chen


A common method to distinguish large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) from non-neuroendocrine large cell carcinoma (non-NE LCC) is from using specific immunohistochemistry markers, such as CgA, Syn, CD56 and Napsin A, however, the results remain controversial using these markers. Secretagogin (SCGN) is a newly discovered biomarker of neuroendocrine cells. In the present study, the expression of SCGN in 33 cases of human lung large cell carcinoma (LCC), including 17 cases of LCNEC and 16 cases of non-neuroendocrine (NE) LCC and lung cancer cell lines (A549, H1650, H358, H292 and H661). The association between SCGN expression and the clinicopathological characteristics of patients, including sex, age, clinical stage and metastasis, was analyzed. The results revealed that the different lung cancer cell lines had different expression levels of SCGN, and the SCGN protein was localized in the nucleus and cytoplasm of A549 cells detected using immunofluorescence. A total of 54.5% (18/33) of specimens positively expressed the SCGN protein. Of the 17 patients with LCNEC, only 23.5% (4/17) of cases were CgA positive, 35.29% (6/17) were Syn positive, 41.2% (7/17) were CD56 positive, and 41.2% (7/17) were Napsin A positive. However, S...Continue Reading

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Carcinoma, Large Cell
NAPSA protein, human
Neuroendocrine Cell Differentiation
Large Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma
Chromogranin A
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