Nuclear polymorphism and nuclear size in precarcinomatous and carcinomatous lesions in rat colon and liver.

Research paper by I I Zusman, M M Kozlenko, A A Zimber

Indexed on: 01 Jan '91Published on: 01 Jan '91Published in: Cytometry


The role of nuclear polymorphism and nuclear size in an analysis of the differences between colon and liver tumors in rats as well as in an analysis of hepatic dysplasia was studied. It was shown that colon tumors which developed following treatment of animals with a direct carcinogen alone or with a carcinogen followed by secondary bile acid were characterized by low incidence of nuclear polymorphism and by an increased nuclear size in epithelial cells. Metastatic liver tumors in rats with colon tumors were characterized by a high value for the coefficient of nuclear form polymorphism and by a significant decrease in nuclear size. Hepatic dysplasia which developed as a result of prolonged treatment with secondary bile acids was characterized by high rate of nuclear form polymorphism and by a significant increase in nuclear size. The obtained results suggest that nuclear polymorphism is dependent upon the type of tissue or organ involved in the cancerous transformation and that it may have significance as a diagnostic marker of precarcinomatous and carcinomatous lesions of digestive organs only when used in combination with other analyses.