Glial cell component in retinoblastoma.

Daniel Albert // Publications // May 01 1985

PubMed ID: 3891392

Author(s): Craft JL, Sang DN, Dryja TP, Brockhurst RJ, Robinson NL, Albert DM. Glial cell component in retinoblastoma. Exp Eye Res. 1985 May;40(5):647-59. PMID 3891392

Journal: Experimental Eye Research, Volume 40, Issue 5, May 1985

The right eye of a 4-month-old girl with a large, unilateral, sporadic retinoblastoma was enucleated. The tumor was unusual because it contained Flexner-Wintersteiner rosettes with extremely large lumina. Smaller rosettes and undifferentiated tumor cells were observed within the lumina. Also of importance were cells resembling glial cells which were intermixed with more typical cuboidal retinoblastoma cells. These cells had electron microscopic features typical of glial cells and stained positively for glial fibrillary acidic protein in immunohistochemical studies. Rosettes and glial cells continued to be observed in the tumor carried in tissue culture through two passages over a 7-month period. This tumor is presented because of its unusual rosette structures and because it confirms recent reports describing a glial cell component in retinoblastoma.