Follicular center helper T-cell (TFH) marker positive mycosis fungoides/Sezary syndrome

Academic Article


  • We identified 11 patients with CD10(+) cutaneous T-cell lymphoma by flow cytometry. All cases were CD4(+) and CD8(-). Three patients had extensive lymphadenopathy, systemic symptoms and an aggressive clinical course consistent with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma or peripheral T-cell lymphoma. However, 8 of the 11 patients had a prolonged disease course with gross morphology, histology and tumor cell phenotype indistinguishable from mycosis fungoides or Sezary syndrome. Immunohistochemical studies confirmed CD10 expression in seven of the eight cases and revealed the lymphoma cells were Bcl-6(+), PD-1(+), and EBV(-). Two had significant expression of CXCL-13(+). The findings indicate that lymphoma cells from mycosis fungoides or Sezary syndrome may express follicular center helper T-cell markers CD10, Bcl-6, and PD-1 and occasionally CXCL-13. The expression of these markers in some cases of mycosis fungoides/Sezary syndrome suggests follicular center helper T-cell differentiation and may lead to confusion in distinguishing mycosis fungoides/Sezary syndrome from other follicular center helper T-cell marker positive T-cell lymphomas with cutaneous manifestations. © 2013 USCAP, Inc.
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  • Modern Pathology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Meyerson HJ; Awadallah A; Pavlidakey P; Cooper K; Honda K; Miedler J
  • Start Page

  • 32
  • End Page

  • 43
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 1