Misago N1, Toda S, Narisawa Y.
There has recently been controversy regarding whether clone My10 is superior to clone QBEND-10 for labeling cells of tricholemmal lineage. Moreover, there have been no previous reports on the CD34 expression in human vellus hair follicles.
We performed a comprehensive study of the CD34 expression in human terminal and vellus hair follicles and in 10 tricholemmomas using both the QBEND-10 and the My10 clones. We also performed two different procedures of immunostaining, which included the using of the standard avidin-biotin-peroxidase (ABC) complex system and the Envision system.
The most sensitive marker of CD34 for normal human hair follicles and tricholemmomas is QBEND-10 using the ABC system. The degree and strength of the CD34 positive staining mainly depended on the method being used (whether it was the ABC system or the Envision system) rather than the clone. CD34 staining was rarely (20-30%) seen in the anagen and catagen vellus hair follicles, and could only be seen by the QBEND-10 clone using the ABC system. CD34 expression in the tricholemmomas represented either a diffuse or peripheral pattern.