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Immunohistochemical characterization of clear cell variant of hepatocellular carcinoma in a sheep.

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Hughes, Katherine 
Radakovic, Milorad 
Gorman, Frank 
Malinowska, Beata 
Cullen, John M 


The cadaver and viscera of a mature female sheep (Ovis aries) underwent routine abattoir meat inspection. The liver was expanded by an infiltrative neoplastic mass comprising multifocal to coalescing, well-demarcated, pink to white-yellow nodules, up to 25 mm in diameter. An unencapsulated, moderately densely cellular, infiltrative neoplasm was present within the hepatic parenchyma. The neoplastic cells were arranged in solid sheets and acini supported by a moderately fine collagenous vascularized stroma. The neoplastic cells were moderately sized and polygonal, with clearly delineated cell borders and a moderate amount of cytoplasm that was clear or exhibited either globular eosinophilic deposits or fine fibrillar eosinophilic strands. The neoplastic cell nuclei were round and centrally located. The chromatin was lightly stippled and there was frequently a single, prominent, basophilic nucleolus. There were eight mitoses in 10 high-power fields (2.37 mm2). Most of the neoplastic cells had intense cytoplasmic immunolabelling for arginase 1, with frequent concurrent nuclear positivity, and mild to moderately intense punctate cytoplasmic labelling for hepatocyte specific antigen (Hep Par-1). The neoplastic cells did not label with anti-cytokeratin 19 antibody. Based on the histological appearance and the immunolabelling pattern, the neoplasm was diagnosed as the clear cell variant of a hepatocellular carcinoma.



arginase 1, clear cell, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver, pathology, sheep, tumour, Female, Animals, Sheep, Carcinoma, Hepatocellular, Liver Neoplasms, Skin Neoplasms, Sheep Diseases

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J Comp Pathol

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Elsevier BV