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Neurologia medico-chirurgica
Vol. 43 (2003) No. 12 P 573-581



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The present study evaluated whether technetium-99m sestamibi (99mTc-MIBI) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) characteristics of intracranial meningioma are correlated with the histological malignancy, proliferative potential, and P-glycoprotein (Pgp) expression, encoded by the multidrug resistance gene-1 (MDR-1) messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). Twenty-one patients with intracranial meningiomas, including 17 benign and four nonbenign meningiomas, underwent 99mTc-MIBI SPECT imaging at 15 minutes (early) and 3 hours (delayed) after injection. The tumor-to-normal pituitary gland ratio was calculated on both early (ER) and delayed (DR) images. Retention index (RI) was calculated using the following formula: (DR - ER)/ER × 100%. Meningioma specimens were examined by immunohistochemistry using anti-Pgp and MIB-1 monoclonal antibody. MDR-1 mRNA expression was also investigated using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction assay. 99mTc-MIBI was highly accumulated and retained in the tumors. 99mTc-MIBI SPECT findings were not related to MIB-1 labeling index. 99mTc-MIBI SPECT RI of the Pgp-positive group (-9.12 ± 22.27%) was significantly lower than that of the Pgp-negative group (28.79 ± 22.80%) (p = 0.0016). No significant difference was seen in ER and DR between the positive and negative groups. These results show that 99mTc-MIBI may not be useful for determining proliferative potential and histological malignancy, but could predict anticancer drug resistance related to the expression of MDR-1 mRNA and its gene product Pgp in patients with intracranial meningiomas.

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