Cancer Res Treat.  2005 Apr;37(2):103-108.

Mast Cell and Macrophage Counts and Microvessel Density in Invasive Breast Carcinoma-Comparison Analysis with Clinicopathological Parameters

  • 1Department of Pathology, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinicopathological significance of the microvessel density and macrophage and mast cell counts in invasive breast carcinomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 45 invasive breast carcinomas were immunohistochemically stained with the endothelial antigen, CD34, and macrophage marker, CD68. 0.1% toluidine blue was used to highlight mast cells. The microvessel and mast cell counts were performed at x200 magnification and the macrophages at x400 magnification. RESULTS: With the 45 invasive breast carcinomas, there were no statistically significant associations between the mast cell, macrophage and microvessel counts and the tumor size and lymph node status. ER and PR negative mast cells infiltrated more than in cases of positive stati, with statistical significance (p-value=0.010 and 0.005, respectively). The macrophage counts were negatively correlated with the PR status (p-value=0.030). With respect to the c-erbB-2 status, there was no significance correlation with the mast cell, macrophage and microvessel counts. The mast cell counts showed significantly positive correlation with the microvessel counts in the invasive breast carcinomas (p-value=0.015). In a comparison of the macrophage counts with the microvessel counts, a positive tendency for both parameters, but without statistical significance (p-value=0.310). CONCLUSION: Increasing numbers of mast cells and macrophages were recruited in invasive breast carcinomas, which contribute to angiogenesis. The microvessel density in invasive breast carcinomas had no statistically significant association with the tumor size, lymph node status, and histological grade, presence of DCIS component, estrogen/progesterone receptor status and cerbB-2 status. The evaluation of angiogenesis using these methods is not thought to provide an independent clinicopathological factor in invasive breast carcinomas.


Invasive breast carcinoma; Mast cell; Macrophage; Microvessel density

MeSH Terms

Antigens, CD34
Breast Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Intraductal, Noninfiltrating
Lymph Nodes
Mast Cells*
Tolonium Chloride
Antigens, CD34
Tolonium Chloride
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