Lymphomatoid papulosis. A cutaneous proliferation of activated helper T cells expressing Hodgkin's disease-associated antigens

M. Kadin, K. Nasu, D. Sako, J. Said, E. Vonderheid

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Abstract

A distinctive immunologic phenotype was demonstrated for the characteristic large atypical cells in the skin lesions of 9 patients with lymphomatoid papulosis (LP). Co-expression of Hodgkin's disease (HD)-associated antigen(s) Ki-1, and often Leu-M1, with helper T-cell antigens T11, T4, and T3 and cellular activation antigens Tac, Ia, and T9 was the most common phenotype, observed in 6 of 9 cases. In 2 cases T-cell-specific antigens were not detected, and the phenotype was indistinguishable from Reed-Sternberg (RS) cells of HD. Numerous Ki-1, positive cells and infrequent expression of Leu-1 antigen by large atypical cells in LP cases facilitated the differential diagnosis between LP and mycosis fungoides. A possible transition between small, medium, and large cells expressing only T-cell antigens and large transformed RS-like cells expressing both T-cell and HD-associated antigens was shown by immunoelectron microscopy. These immunologic findings should prove useful for the diagnosis of LP and may help to explain the unexpectedly frequent clinical associations of LP, mycosis fungoides, and HD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-325
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Volume119
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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