Colloid cysts of the third ventricle: Immunohistochemical evidence for nonneuroepithelial differentiation

Takashira Tsuchida, Ralph H. Hruban, Benjamin S. Carson, Peter C. Phillips

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The histogenesis of colloid cysts (CCs) of the third ventricle has been a subject of controversy. We examined, using immunohistochemical techniques, four CCs for the presence of cytokeratins (CKs), glutathione S-transferase isoenzymes (GST-π, GST-μ), and glial fibrillary acidic protein. Antibodies to both low molecular weight CKs (anti-CK8) and to a mixture of CKs ( AE1 AE3) were used. For comparison, normal fetal and adult choroid plexus, ependyma, and nasal mucosa were also examined. The epithelium lining all four CCs showed positive immunostaining for the CKs and GST-π but not for GST-μ or glial fibrillary acidic protein. Fetal and adult nasal mucosa showed a pattern of immunohistochemical staining almost identical to that of CCs. In contrast, fetal and adult choroid plexus tissue showed positive immunostaining for GST-π and low molecular weight CKs but not for the CK mixture ( AE1 AE3). Fetal and adult ependyma were negative for both CKs and GST-π. These results suggest that CCs differentiate along nonneural lines distinct from the neuroepithelial differentiation of the choroid plexus and ependyma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-816
Number of pages6
JournalHuman pathology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1992


  • colloid cyst
  • cytokeratin
  • glutathione S-transferase
  • histogenesis
  • immunohistochemistry
  • third ventricle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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