Canine mammary tumours (CMTs) are the most common neoplasms in intact female dogs. Bitches with spontaneously arising CMTs represent a promising animal model for human breast cancer research. The aim of the present study was to develop an immunohistochemical protocol for the identification of blood and lymphatic vessels in CMTs. Antibodies specific for human lymphatic vessels (prox-1, lyve-1, podoplanin and D2-40) and blood vessels (von Willebrand factor [vWf], CD31 and CD34) were utilized. Serial sections of 18 samples (eight samples of normal canine mammary tissue, five benign and five malignant CMTs) were examined. Antibodies specific for podoplanin, D2-40 and CD34 showed no immunoreactivity with canine tissue. Prox-1 and CD31 were determined to be the most suitable markers for lymphatic and blood vessels, respectively.

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Journal of Comparative Pathology
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Sleeckx, N., van Brantegem, L., Fransen, E., van den Eynden, G., Casteleyn, C., Veldhuis Kroeze, E., & van Ginneken, C. (2013). Evaluation of Immunohistochemical Markers of Lymphatic and Blood Vessels in Canine Mammary Tumours. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 148(4), 307–317. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2012.09.007