Virchows Archiv A

, Volume 400, Issue 3, pp 245–257 | Cite as

Peptide hormone production by adenocarcinomas of the lung; its morphologic basis and histogenetic considerations

  • Toru Kameya
  • Yukio Shimosato
  • Tetsuro Kodama
  • Masaru Tsumuraya
  • Tsutomu Koide
  • Ken Yamaguchi
  • Kaoru Abe


The cell source of peptide hormone production and the morphological differentiation were investigated in 18 adenocarcinomas of the lung by immunohistochemistry and/or by electron microscopy. These tumors were found by radioimmunoassay of tumor extracts to contain either one or more of 7 peptide hormones, i.e. adrenocorticotropin (ACTH),β- andγ-melanocyte stimulating hormones (MSH), somatostatin (SS), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), gastrin releasing peptide (GRP) and calcitonin(CT). In a combined adeno- and small cell carcinoma, a considerable number of small tumor cells were positively stained for ACTH,β- andγ-MSHS and GRP. In a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma with mucin and CT production, these products were localized in some single cells. Electron microscopy revealed secretory granules indistinguishable from exocrine or endocrine types. In another mucin-positive adenocarcinoma with high SS and CT contents, some tumor cells were stained for SS and/or CT. Two distinct exocrine and endocrine type secretory granules were found in the same cells. In tumors with 100 ng or less of the peptides/g tissue, most tumor cells were not stained for the peptides but a small number showed proportion of the adenocarcinomas of the lung may show heterogeneous differentiation in both endocrine and exocrine directions.

Key words

Lung cancer Adenocarcinoma Peptide hormone Immunostaining 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toru Kameya
    • 1
  • Yukio Shimosato
    • 1
  • Tetsuro Kodama
    • 1
  • Masaru Tsumuraya
    • 1
  • Tsutomu Koide
    • 1
  • Ken Yamaguchi
    • 1
  • Kaoru Abe
    • 2
  1. 1.Pathology DivisionNational Cancer Center Research InstituteTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Endocrinology DivisionNational Cancer Center Research InstituteTokyoJapan

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