Caldesmon is a developmentally regulated protein involved in smooth muscle and non-muscle contraction. Two closely related variants of human caldesmon have been identified. The h-caldesmon variant (120-150kDa) is predominantly expressed in smooth muscle and a subset of myoepithelial cells, whereas l-caldesmon (70-80kDa) is found in non-muscle tissue and cells. Neither of the two variants has been detected in skeletal muscle.
- A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block is preferred specimen type
- One (1) unbaked, unstained slide for H&E staining (required) and two to three (2-3) positively charged unstained slides (all cut at 4-5 microns) for each test/antibody ordered
- Block and slide identifiers should be clearly written and match exactly with the specimen ID and specimen labeling as noted on the requisition.
Use cold pack for transport. Make sure cold pack is not in direct contact with specimen.