Pathology & Oncology Research

, 15:703 | Cite as

Differential Expression of Notch Family Members in Astrocytomas and Medulloblastomas

  • Peng Xu
  • Shizhu Yu
  • Rongcai Jiang
  • Chunsheng Kang
  • Guangxiu Wang
  • Hao Jiang
  • Peiyu Pu


Notch signaling pathway plays an integral role in determining cell fates in development. Growing evidence demonstrates that Notch signaling pathway has versatile effects in tumorigenesis depending on the tumor type, grade and stage. Notch signaling pathway is deregulated in some brain tumors. To examine the differential expression of Notch family members (Notch1, 2, 3, 4) in human astrocytomas and medulloblastomas, and to evaluate their roles in the development of both tumor types. Immunohistochemical staining and Western blot analysis were used to detect Notch1, 2, 3, 4 expression in tissue microarray and freshly resected tissue samples of normal brain, astrocytomas and medulloblastomas. Notch family members were not expressed or barely detectable in normal brain tissues. Notch1, 3, 4 were highly expressed but Notch2 was not expressed in astrocytomas. The percentage of immunopositive tumor cells and level of Notch1 expression was increased with tumor grade. In addition, overexpression of Notch2 was detected in medulloblastomas in contrast to low or no expression of Notch1, 3, 4. Differential expression of Notch1, 2, 3, 4 is detected in astrocytomas and medulloblastomas, that may be related to their different roles playing in the development of brain tumors.


Astrocytomas Differential expression Medulloblastomas Notch family members 





C promoter binding factor


CBF-interacting repressor




external granule layer


granule neuron precursors


hairy-enhancer of split


HES-related repressor proteins


mastermind-like 1




notch intracellular domain


P300/CBP-associated factor




primitive neuroectodermal tumors


RBP-JK-associated molecule


serial analysis of gene expression


silencing mediator of retinoid and thyroid receptors


transcription transactivation domain


T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemias



This work is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant number 30300365), Tianjin Science and Technology Committee (Grant Number 06YFSZSF01100)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peng Xu
    • 1
  • Shizhu Yu
    • 2
  • Rongcai Jiang
    • 1
  • Chunsheng Kang
    • 1
  • Guangxiu Wang
    • 1
  • Hao Jiang
    • 3
  • Peiyu Pu
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Laboratory of Neuro-Oncology, Tianjin Neurological InstituteTianjin Medical University General HospitalTianjinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Laboratory of NeuropathologyTianjin Neurological InstituteTianjinChina
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyHenry Ford HospitalDetroitUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeurosurgeryTianjin Medical University General HospitalTianjinPeople’s Republic of China

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