Aim. Recent reports have shown an altered density of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) and peripherin immunoreactive nerve fibres in uretopelvic junction obstruction. The aim was to investigate ICCs immunoexpression and ureteral innervation in primary obstructive magaureter (POM). Methods. Eight specimens of POM were obtained during tailoring. Restricted segments of ureter were divided from dilated segments. C-kit and peropherin immunohistochemistry were performed. Results. A normal distribution of ICCs was observed in both the circular and longitudinal muscle layers of dilated segments. Marked muscle hypoplasia and sparse or no ICCs occurred in the longitudinal muscle layer of the restricted ureteral segments. A normal distribution of peripherin positive fibers was present in both the dilated and restricted segments. Coclusions. Our data confirm defective muscularization in restricted aperistaltic POM. The lack of ICCs in the longitudinal muscular layer is probably due to the absence of c-kit positive muscle embryological precursors. No alteration in the peripherin immunoreactive nerve fibres network was observed in either the dilated or restricted ureteral segments.

C-kit positive interstitial cells of Cajal network in primary obstructive megaureter.

ARENA, Francesco;NICOTINA, Piero Antonio;ARENA, SALVATORE;ROMEO, Carmelo;ZUCCARELLO, Biagio;ROMEO, Giuseppe
2007-01-01

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Aim. Recent reports have shown an altered density of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) and peripherin immunoreactive nerve fibres in uretopelvic junction obstruction. The aim was to investigate ICCs immunoexpression and ureteral innervation in primary obstructive magaureter (POM). Methods. Eight specimens of POM were obtained during tailoring. Restricted segments of ureter were divided from dilated segments. C-kit and peropherin immunohistochemistry were performed. Results. A normal distribution of ICCs was observed in both the circular and longitudinal muscle layers of dilated segments. Marked muscle hypoplasia and sparse or no ICCs occurred in the longitudinal muscle layer of the restricted ureteral segments. A normal distribution of peripherin positive fibers was present in both the dilated and restricted segments. Coclusions. Our data confirm defective muscularization in restricted aperistaltic POM. The lack of ICCs in the longitudinal muscular layer is probably due to the absence of c-kit positive muscle embryological precursors. No alteration in the peripherin immunoreactive nerve fibres network was observed in either the dilated or restricted ureteral segments.
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