Case Report
Copyright ©The Author(s) 2015.
World J Gastroenterol. Jul 7, 2015; 21(25): 7921-7928
Published online Jul 7, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i25.7921
Figure 2
Figure 2 Immunofluorescence analysis of peripheral blood circulating tumor cells collected three months postoperation. The circulating tumor cells (CTCs) were nucleated and elliptical or elongated, larger than 10 μm, expressed cytokeratin (CK) (CK8/18/19-fluorescein isothiocyanate staining; the epithelial-derived cells are stained in green), lacked CD45 (CD45-phycoerythrin-stained leukocytes are in red), and were positive for 4’,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) nuclear staining (blue-stained nuclei). Some CTCs exhibited morphologically apoptotic features. A single CTC (green) and leukocytes (red) can be observed in fields A-D. A: A CTC stained with anti-CK8/18-FITC (green); B: A leukocyte stained with anti-CD45-PE (red); C: DAPI-stained nuclei; D: Merged image of A-C; E-H: Clusters of tumor cells, CTCs are green (E), leukocytes are red (F), and nuclei are stained with DAPI (G), the merged image of E-G (H); I-K: Enlargements of the boxes above, in which nuclear apoptotic features can be observed in the CTCs.