Annals of Diagnostic Pathology 2015 April 14 [Epub ahead of print] [Link]

Chaouche-Mazouni S, Scherpereel A, Zaamoum R, Mihalache A, Amir ZC, Lebaïli N, Delaire B, Gosset P.


Epithelioid malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) can easily be confused with lung adenocarcinomas (ACAs). In serous effusion, claudin (cldn) 3 is shown to be useful in the diagnosis of mesothelioma vs ACAs. Cldn15 is reported to be overexpressed in epithelioid mesothelioma and absent in human airway epithelium. The aim was to assess the value of cldn3 and cldn4 compared to that of BerEp4 and thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF1) in differentiating lung ACA from epithelioid MPM and to examine the expression of cldn15 in these tumors. The expression of cldn3, cldn4, cldn15, BerEp4, and TTF1 was examined by immunohistochemistry in a total of 62 human specimen including 28 epithelioid MPMs and 34 ACAs of the lung. In lung ACA, cldn4 was strongly expressed in all 34 (100%) specimens followed by cldn3 in 33 (97%) of 34. BerEp4 was expressed in 32 (94.1%) of 34. TTF1 reacted for only 20 (58.82%) of 34 cases of lung ACA. In MPM specimens, the expression of cldn3 and4 as well as that of TTF1 was completely absent. In contrast, BerEp4 was focally expressed in 5 (17.85%) of 28 cases of epithelioid MPM. Cldn15 was strongly expressed in 53% pf epithelioid MPMs but also in 50% of lung ACAs. Its expression was moderate in normal pleura and limited in normal lung. Cldn3 and cldn4 appear to be the best performing carcinoma markers in discriminating lung ACA from mesothelioma compared with BerEp4 and TTF1. There is no differential expression of cldn15 between the 2 pathologies. However, the limited cldn15 expression in normal tissues and high expression in tumors make it an attractive candidate for cancer therapy.