Brain Tumor Pathology

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 35–38 | Cite as

Expression of a transcriptional factor, SOX6, in human gliomas

  • Ryo Ueda
  • Kazunari Yoshida
  • Yutaka Kawakami
  • Takeshi Kawase
  • Masahiro TodaEmail author
Original Article


By screening a human testis cDNA library with glioma patients' sera, we isolated a transcriptional factor, SOX6. Here, we analyzed SOX6 expression in gliomas having a range of malignancy grades using immunostaining. Murine Sox6 is a transcriptional factor that is specifically expressed in the developing central nervous system and in the early stages of chondrogenesis in mouse embryos. The reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) revealed that the SOX6 gene was more highly expressed in glioma tissues and fetal brain than in normal adult brain and other cancer cells, except melanoma cells. Immunohistochemical analysis with the anti-SOX6 antibody showed that all the glioma tissues analyzed (14 glioblastomas, 14 anaplastic astrocytomas, 3 anaplastic oligoastrocytomas, 5 diffuse astrocytomas, 1 oligodendroglioma, and 1 pilocytic astrocytoma) expressed SOX6 in tumor cells, but only a few SOX6-positive cells were detected in nonneoplastic tissues from the cerebral cortex. These results indicate that the developmentally regulated transcription factor SOX6 may be a potential diagnostic marker for gliomas.

Key words

Glioma Transcriptional factor SOX6 


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© The Japan Society of Brain Tumor Pathology 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryo Ueda
    • 1
  • Kazunari Yoshida
    • 2
  • Yutaka Kawakami
    • 3
  • Takeshi Kawase
    • 2
  • Masahiro Toda
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Neuroimmunology Research GroupKeio University School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryKeio University School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Division of Cellular Signaling, Institute for Advanced Medical ResearchKeio University School of MedicineTokyoJapan

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