Association of therapeutic radiation with golgi complex hypertrophy in human urinary bladder carcinomas: Quantitative electron microscopy studies

Joseph Alroy, Bendicht U. Pauli, Ronald S. Weinstein

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The volume (Vv) and surface area (surface density; Sv) of the Golgi complex were measured by electron microscopy stereologic techniques in 17 patients with urinary bladder transitional cell carcinomas. Seven patients were irradiated prior to surgical removal, 4 had recurrent carcinomas that arose from previously irradiated bladder urothelium, and the remaining 6 patients had bladder carcinoma but no prior history of therapeutic irradiation. There were significant differences in the Vv and Sv of Golgi complexes per unit of cytoplasmic volume in carcinomas from irradiated and nonirradiated patients (p < 0.01). In carcinomas obtained from irradiated urinary bladders, the Vv was 3.45 ± 0.24% (mean ± SE). In contrast, the Vv was 0.98 ± 0.15% for tumors in the nonirradiated group. Sv values were 1.51 ± 0.09 μm2/μm3 in carcinomas from irradiated bladders, and in the nonirradiated group, the mean Sv was 0.76 ± 0.07 μm2/μm3. These results support the hypothesis that therapeutic irradiation to the urinary bladder induces hyperplasia of Golgi complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalUltrastructural Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981



  • Electron microscopy
  • Golgi complex
  • Irradiation
  • Transitional cell carcinoma
  • Urinary bladder

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Structural Biology

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