FABP7 was detected in all grades of astrocytomas. A, lower, expression of FABP7 was analyzed Western blotting using lysate from normal white matter, two GBM specimens (H and L indicate high and low, respectively (high and low FABP7 expression based on the results of the previous microarray study ), one oligoastrocytoma grade III (OACIII), and one oligodendroglioma grade III (ODGIII); upper, the protein loading was demonstrated by Coomassie Blue staining. The arrow indicates the size of the FABP7 core protein. The 14 kD band in GBM (L) appeared after longer exposure of the film. The 18 kD band that appeared in the ODGIII lysate may not be non-specific, since several immunoreactive bands in that region could also be detected in lysate from a panel of glioma cell lines (data not shown). Representative photomicrographs of immunohistochemistry of FABP7 in grade II astrocytoma (B), grade III anaplastic astrocytoma (C), and grade I pilocytic astrocytoma (D) demonstrated distinctive FABP7 immunoreactivity in the cytoplasm and cell processes in pilocytic astrocytomas as opposed to the nuclear and cytoplasmic staining in grades II and III astrocytomas. FABP7-positive nuclei that were occasionally detected resembled the Type 1 cells seen in normal brain. The scale of the photomicrographs is the same as in Figure 1 A.
Liang et al. BMC Cancer 2006 6:97 doi:10.1186/1471-2407-6-97