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The enhanced peroxidase one step method increases sensitivity for detection of Ki-67 in pituitary tumours.
  1. H E Turner,
  2. Z Nagy,
  3. M M Esiri,
  4. J A Wass
  1. Department of Endocrinology, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK.

    Abstract

    AIM: To compare the Ki-67 labelling index determined using the enhanced peroxidase one step (EPOS) method with that using the standard ABC technique in pituitary tumours. METHODS: Adjacent sections were immunostained using the EPOS and ABC techniques with the same Ki-67 antibody and same antigen retrieval method. RESULTS: The labelling index measurements with the EPOS Ki-67 antibody were significantly higher than when using the traditional ABC method, and there was a positive correlation between the two techniques when performed on the same cases. This suggests that a higher proportion of cells are within the cell cycle than previously thought, although it gives no direct information on the rate of proliferation of the tumour. CONCLUSIONS: It appears that the EPOS system is not only more convenient but may be more sensitive than traditional techniques for detecting Ki-67 in the nuclei of cells, thus demonstrating more accurately which cells have entered the cell cycle.

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