Immunohistochemical analysis of the distribution of lymphocyte subpopulations in Hodgkin's disease

M. J. Borowitz, B. P. Croker, R. S. Metzgar

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We studied the histologic distribution of lymphocyte subpopulations in Hodgkin's disease. Involved tissues from 15 patients were stained by an indirect immunoperoxidase procedure for a variety of lymphocyte surface antigens using monoclonal antibodies. In most cases, there were more T cells than B cells, and Reed-Sternberg cells were found in T-cell-rich areas. Except in lymphocyte-depleted Hodgkin's disease, helper-T antigen-positive (T(H)) cells greatly outnumbered cytotoxic-suppressor antigen-positive cells. Moreover, T(H) cells showed a preferential association with Reed-Sternberg cells. Lymphocytes surrounding Reed-Sternberg cells often expressed the transferrin receptor, a marker of cell activation. Our results do not support the hypothesis that the lymphocytes in Hodgkin's disease represent a cytotoxic T-cell response to neoplastic cells, except perhaps in the lymphocyte-depleted subtype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-674
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Treatment Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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