Acta Neuropathologica

, Volume 117, Issue 6, pp 667–675 | Cite as

Expression of EAAT-1 distinguishes choroid plexus tumors from normal and reactive choroid plexus epithelium

  • Rudi BeschornerEmail author
  • Georgios Pantazis
  • Astrid Jeibmann
  • Jana Boy
  • Richard Meyermann
  • Michel Mittelbronn
  • Jens Schittenhelm
Original Paper


Microscopic distinction of normal choroid plexus (CP) from choroid plexus tumors (CPT) may be difficult, especially in small samples of well-differentiated CP papillomas. So far, there are no established markers that reliably distinguish normal and neoplastic CP epithelium. Recently, a correlation between expression/function of glial glutamate transporters EAAT-1 (GLAST) and EAAT-2 (Glt-1) and tumor proliferation has been reported. Furthermore, we previously found that CPTs frequently express EAAT-1, but not EAAT-2. We now compared expression of EAAT-1, EAAT-2 and GFAP in non-neoplastic CP (n = 68) and CPT (n = 79) by immunohistochemistry. Tissue of normal CP was obtained from 50 autopsy cases (20 normal and 30 pathologic brains) and 18 neurosurgical specimens that included 17 fetal, 21 pediatric and 30 adult cases. In non-neoplastic postnatal CP (n = 51), focal expression of EAAT-1 was found in only two pediatric cases (4%). In CPT, expression of EAAT-1 was found in 64 of 79 (81%) tumor samples and was significantly age-dependent (P < 0.0001). Hence, EAAT-1 expression distinguishes neoplastic from normal CP, both in children (P = 0.0032) and in adults (P < 0.0001). Immunostaining for EAAT-2 in selected samples from cases of different ages showed that normal CP (n = 15) or CPT (n = 16) lacked EAAT-2 expression. GFAP expression was found in 3 of 32 (10%) normal CP and in 28 of 73 (38%) tumor samples. In conclusion, in contrast to neoplastic CP samples, expression of EAAT-1 is exceptionally rare in non-neoplastic CP. Thus, EAAT-1 is superior to GFAP as a helpful diagnostic tool in CP samples.


Normal choroid plexus Choroid plexus papillomas Atypical choroid plexus papillomas Choroid plexus carcinoma Excitatory amino acid transporter-1 Diagnosis 



The authors thank Prof. Shigehisa Hirose for providing the Kir 7.1 antibody, Katrin Trautmann and Thorsten Schmidt for excellent technical assistance, and Elisabeth Rushing for her help with the English.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudi Beschorner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Georgios Pantazis
    • 1
  • Astrid Jeibmann
    • 2
  • Jana Boy
    • 3
  • Richard Meyermann
    • 1
  • Michel Mittelbronn
    • 4
    • 5
  • Jens Schittenhelm
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Brain ResearchEberhard-Karls-UniversityTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of NeuropathologyUniversity Hospital MünsterMünsterGermany
  3. 3.Department of Medical GeneticsUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany
  4. 4.Institute of NeuropathologyUniversity Hospital of ZürichZurichSwitzerland
  5. 5.Institute of Neurology (Edinger Institute)University of FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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