Increased β-catenin/Tcf signaling in pilocytic astrocytomas: A comparative study to distinguish pilocytic astrocytomas from low-grade diffuse astrocytomas

Gangadhara Reddy Sareddy, Khamushavalli Geeviman, Manas Panigrahi, Sundaram Challa, Anita Mahadevan, Phanithi Prakash Babu

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Although pilocytic and diffuse grade II astrocytomas considered as low-grade tumors, the distinction between them is still a major clinical problem. Previously we reported the activation of Wnt/β-catenin/Tcf signaling pathway in diffuse astrocytomas, however its role in pilocytic astrocytomas is not well understood. In this study, we investigated the Wnt/β-catenin/Tcf pathway in pilocytic astrocytomas and compared with diffuse astrocytomas. We observed the differential expression of β-catenin, Tcf4, Lef1 and c-Myc in astrocytomas particularly higher levels were observed in pilocytic astrocytomas and GBM while very little expression was documented in grade II tumors. Further, immunohistochemical analysis revealed the strong positivity of β-catenin, Tcf4, Lef1 and c-Myc in pilocytic astrocytomas than that of grade II tumors and also exhibited the strong positivity in vascular endothelial cells of pilocytic astrocytomas and GBM. Hence, Wnt/β-catenin/Tcf signaling pathway is differentially expressed in astrocytomas, activation of this pathway might be helpful in separating pilocytic astrocytomas from low-grade diffuse astrocytomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-104
Number of pages9
JournalNeurochemical Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012



  • Differential expression
  • Diffuse astrocytoma
  • Pilocytic astrocytoma
  • β-catenin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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