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Evaluation of Cyclooxygenase-2 Expression in Canine Mast Cell Tumours.
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PMID:  22079567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Mast cell tumours (MCTs) are among the most common cutaneous neoplasms in dogs and have a highly variable clinical behaviour. Cyclooxygenase (Cox) catalyzes the rate-limiting step in prostanoid biosynthesis and has recently gained attention as a prognostic factor and therapeutic target in human and animal oncology. In order to evaluate the potential value of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the treatment of canine MCTs, expression of Cox-2 was determined in 49 such tumours (14 of grade I, nine of grade II and 22 of grade III). Cox-2 was expressed by 86% of the tumours studied. The percentage of labelled cells ranged from isolated positive cells throughout the tumour (n=8) to localized foci of labelled cells (n=3) or diffuse labelling of >50% of the cells (n=31). The intensity of Cox-2 labelling ranged from weak (n=4) to moderate (n=16) and strong (n=22) and was greatest at the advancing margin of the tumour. The intensity of Cox-2 labelling was significantly different between the three histological groups (P=0.018). However, no significant differences were noted for the percentage of Cox-2 positive cells (P=0.122) and for the immunoreactivity score (P=0.348) between the histological grades. The results of this study suggest that NSAIDs, particularly Cox-2 inhibitors, may be of value in the treatment of canine MCTs.
Justina Prada; Felisbina Luisa Queiroga; Hugo Gregório; Isabel Pires
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative pathology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-3129     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0102444     Medline TA:  J Comp Pathol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
CECAV, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal.
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