Video image analysis of AgNOR distribution in the normal and adenomatous colorectum

Sandy C. Weeks, Dimitra Beroukas, Lynn R. Jarvis, Richard Whitehead

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    The nucleolar organizer regions (AgNORs) have been studied by video image analysis in the normal colorectum and in adenomas arising there. Total AgNOR area was measured in conjunction with the total area of nuclei and expressed as a ratio. AgNORs are found to predominate in the proliferative regions of the normal mucosal crypt, and the ratio of AgNOR to nuclear area proved significantly greater in the normal colon than in the rectum and far greater in colorectal adenomas. Further, there is a significant difference between the ration in tubular as opposed to villous patterns of adenomatous growth in the colon but not in the rectum. When classified according to their degree of dysplasia, adenomas in the rectum exhibit a significantly higher ratio of AgNOR to nuclear area as the degree of dysplasia increases in severity. This correlation is not shown in the colon.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)139-145
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Pathology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1992


    • Morphometry
    • proliferative
    • ratio


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