Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2019;8(1):20-23. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2019.01010)

The expression of EpCAM in extramammary Paget's disease.

Yamada-Kanazawa S, Tasaki Y, Kajihara I, Sakamoto R, Maeda-Otsuka S, Ihn H


Extramammary Paget's disease (EMPD) is a rare skin malignant tumor. The prognosis of EMPD with distant metastasis is poor, however an effective therapy has not yet established. Recently, EpCAM (epithelial cell adhesion molecule, CD326) has attracted attention as both prognostic marker and therapeutic target in several cancers. Besides, EpCAM is an important surface marker of circulating tumor cell (CTC) in the collection of CTC. Thus, the purpose of our study was to examine the expression levels of EpCAM and evaluate the correlation between its intensity of EpCAM and the clinical characteristics of EMPD. The expression of EpCAM in EMPD was examined using immunohistochemistry. Skin samples were obtained from 32 patients with EMPD. We found that almost all EMPD tissues (90.6%, 29/32) were positive for EpCAM. Furthermore, the staining intensity of EpCAM protein negatively correlated with the presence of distant metastasis. Overexpression of EpCAM in EMPD cells suggests that EpCAM may be a novel therapeutic target and the research of CTC may be newly developed in EMPD. Based on these findings, EpCAM may be a meaningful molecule in EMPD.

KEYWORDS: Extramammary Paget's disease, epithelial cell adhesion molecule, CD326, distant metastasis, immunohistochemistry, circulating tumor cell

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