Int J Med Sci 2013; 10(12):1602-1607. doi:10.7150/ijms.6526

Research Paper

Immunostaining of p16INK4a/Ki-67 and L1 Capsid Protein on Liquid-based Cytology Specimens Obtained from ASC-H and LSIL-H Cases

Seung Won Byun1, Ahwon Lee2✉, Suyeon Kim2, Yeong Jin Choi2, Youn Soo Lee2, Jong Sup Park1

1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea;
2. Department of Hospital Pathology, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Background: Atypical squamous cell cannot exclude high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (ASC-H) and low-grade intraepithelial lesion cannot exclude high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL-H) are ambiguous diagnostic entities for the prediction of high-grade cervical lesion. Objective and reproducible tests for predicting high-grade cervical lesions are needed to reduce unnecessary colposcopic referrals or follow-ups.

Objective: We aimed to identify an adequate set of adjunctive markers to predict cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2+ (CIN2+) in residual liquid-based cytology specimens (LBCS).

Methods: We conducted p16 INK4a/Ki-67 and L1 capsid protein immunostaining and human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA typing on 56 LBCS diagnosed with ASC-H or LSIL-H, all of which were subjected to histologic confirmation or follow-up cytologic examination.

Results: Positivity for p16 INK4a/Ki-67 was associated with a histology of CIN2+ (P=0.047) and CIN3+ (P=0.002). Negativity for L1 capsid protein was associated with CIN2+ confirmed at follow-up (P=0.02).Positivity for high-risk HPV (HR-HPV) was associated with CIN2+ confirmed at follow-up (P=0.036) and a histology of CIN2+ (P=0.037). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value for predicting follow-up CIN2+ were 76.2%, 51.4%, 48.5%, and 78.3%, respectively, for p16 INK4a/Ki-67 immunostaining; 95.2%, 34.3%, 46.5%, and 92.3%, respectively, for L1 capsid protein; and 66.7%, 67.7%, 54.5%, and 77.8%, respectively, for HR-HPV. The classification and regression tree analysis showed that the combined results of p16 INK4a/Ki-67 andL1 capsid protein immunostaining and the HR-HPV test, conducted sequentially, correctly classified 81.8% of samples (27/33)in the prediction of a histology of CIN2 + in ASC-H or LSIL-H. For determination of the histology of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3+ (CIN3+)in ASC-H or LSIL-H, we found that the combined results of p16 INK4a/Ki-67 and L1 capsid protein immunostaining correctly classified 78.8% (26/33) of samples.

Conclusions: p16INK4a/Ki-67 and L1 capsid protein immunostaining and HR-HPV testing of residual LBCS diagnosed with ASC-H or LSIL-H are useful objective biomarkers for predicting CIN2+. Immunostaining for p16INK4a/Ki-67 and L1 capsid protein are sufficient to predict CIN3+.

Keywords: p16 INK4a/Ki-67 dual staining, L1 capsid protein, Human papillomavirus, Cervicovaginal cytology, Immunocytochemistry, HPV DNA typing.

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How to cite this article:
Byun SW, Lee A, Kim S, Choi YJ, Lee YS, Park JS. Immunostaining of p16INK4a/Ki-67 and L1 Capsid Protein on Liquid-based Cytology Specimens Obtained from ASC-H and LSIL-H Cases. Int J Med Sci 2013; 10(12):1602-1607. doi:10.7150/ijms.6526. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v10p1602.htm