[Histonet] RE: Cytokeratin AE1/AE3

Cartun, Richard Richard.Cartun <@t> hhchealth.org
Thu Jul 10 15:07:42 CDT 2014

"Extra-follicular reticulm cells" contain cytokeratin and will label with antibodies to low molecular weight cytokeratin.  Could that be what you are seeing?

Reference:  Linden MD and Zarbo RJ:  Cytokeratin immunostaining patterns of benign, reactive lymph nodes:  applications for the evaluation of sentinel lymph node specimen.  Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol 2001;9(4):297-301.

On another note,  the recommendation now is to not do CK IHC on sentinel lymph nodes (except for rare cases).  Lymph node involvement should be based on H&E; not IHC.


Richard W. Cartun, MS, PhD
Director, Histology & Immunopathology
Director, Biospecimen Collection Programs
Assistant Director, Anatomic Pathology
Hartford Hospital
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Subject: [Histonet] Cytokeratin AE1/AE3

Hi Histonetters,

I just came across a thread regarding issues with Cytokeratin AE1/AE3 from DAKO. I am having the same issues with our New protocol using HIER on the Link-48 in which sentinel lymph nodes from breast cases are staining non-specifically "in-between the cells".
We never had this issue before on our old Autostainer plus, however, we were using only enzyme pre-treatment on it before staining.
I was wondering if anyone else has come across this, and if they have fixed it?

Thank you,

Brandy Burnett, HTL
Cape Cod Hospital

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