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Figure 4 | Breast Cancer Research

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From: Anatomical localization of progenitor cells in human breast tissue reveals enrichment of uncommitted cells within immature lobules

Figure 4

Type I lobules demonstrated variable cytokeratin 8 (CK8) and CK14 expression. (A, B) Type I, Type II, and Type III lobules were (A) identified and microdissected from reduction mammoplasty tissue, then (B) quantified in each tissue sample (n = 8). (C, D) No significant differences were detected in the percentage of cells expressing CK8 and CK14 among lobule types. Type I-III lobules were stained for CK8 and CK14 and characterized for the percent positive cells in each lobule. The number of individual lobules in each category was quantified for each lobule type (n = 15 lobules/patient). (E) Type I lobules demonstrated significantly increased expression of basal CK8 and luminal CK14 compared to other lobule types. Type I-III lobules were characterized for expression of CK8 and CK14 in the luminal and basal layer, and the number of individual lobules in each category was quantified for each lobule type (n = 15 lobules/patient). Statistical differences were detected by chi squared analysis. (F) p63 was expressed exclusively in the basal layer in all lobules types examined. Type I-III lobules were characterized for the percentage of cells in the basal layer that expressed p63. The number of individual lobules in each category was quantified for each lobule type (n = 15 lobules/patient). Scale bar = 100 μm.

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