A mammary gland adenomyoepithelioma in a C57BL/6 mouse.

Research paper by Anne-Laure AL Bauchet, Laëtitia L Elies, Pierre P Maliver, Marie-Claude MC Fouque, Emmanuelle E Balme, Sophie S Château-Joubert, Frédéric F Schorsch, Jean-Jacques JJ Fontaine

Indexed on: 10 May '08Published on: 10 May '08Published in: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology


Mammary gland adenomyoepitheliomas are benign complex mammary gland tumors composed of neoplastic cells of epithelial and myoepithelial origins, described in many species (humans, dogs, cats, rats) and rarely in mice. We report here an adenomyoepithelioma in a C57BL/6 female mouse. Histologically, tubes and cords formed by neoplastic epithelial cells were separated by bundles of neoplastic myoepithelial cells in a clear and partially mucinous matrix. The tumor displayed characteristics of a benign neoplastic proliferation with a compressive growth pattern, and moderate cellular pleomorphism and mitotic index. At immunohistochemistry, the epithelial cells were strongly cytokeratin positive; the myoepithelial cells were weakly cytokeratin positive and strongly smooth muscle actin positive. This is to our knowledge, the first report of a mammary gland adenomyoepithelioma in a C57BL/6 mouse.