Use of CD42b immunohistochemical stain for the detection of Histoplasma

Nam Kyun Ku, Sheeja T. Pullarkat, Young S. Kim, Liang Cheng, Dennis O'Malley

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In pathologic specimen, Histoplasma capsulatum can frequently be identified by morphology and special stains such as GMS and PAS. Incidentally, we noted unusual staining of the platelet associated marker CD42b/GP1b expressed on the surface of fungal organisms. Evaluation of additional cases demonstrated that a majority of histoplasmosis cases (15/18 cases; 83%) showed positive staining with CD42b/GP1b, comparable to GMS stain results. Other platelet associated markers such as Factor VIII and CD61 showed no or rare expression (1/18 cases with Factor VIII). Studies have shown that 14-3-3 proteins bind directly to cytoplasmic domain of CD42b/GP1b. Significant homology is seen between fungal and human 14-3-3 proteins which may represent a molecular basis for our observation. Our study demonstrated that CD42b/GP1b staining by immunohistochemistry can aid in detection of Histoplasma organisms. Further studies with organisms with similar morphologic features such as Blastomyces and Leishmania may demonstrate a diagnostic utility in speciating organisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Diagnostic Pathology
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • 14-3-3 proteins
  • CD42b
  • Fungus
  • GP1b
  • Histoplasma
  • Immunohistochemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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