Percentage of γδ T cells in panniculitis by paraffin immunohistochemical analysis

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  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas with panniculitis-like histologic features have different clinical courses depending on whether they are composed of αβ T cells or γδ T cells, necessitating their distinction for proper prognostication. However, unlike αβ T cells, γδ T cells cannot be reliably detected in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections. We demonstrated that a commercially available antibody can detect γδ T cells and examined 2 cases of flow cytometry-proven γδ T-cell lymphomas and 15 control cases of nonneoplastic panniculitis. In both lymphomas, the atypical lymphocytes were γδ T cells, whereas the reactive lymphocytes were αβ T cells. In contrast, nonneoplastic panniculitis had predominantly αβ T cells with many fewer and individually scattered γδ T cells. The detection of γδ T cells in paraffin sections provides a powerful new tool to characterize T cells in lymphomas and inflammation. © American Society for Clinical Pathology.
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  • Roullet M; Gheith SMF; Mauger J; Junkins-Hopkins JM; Choi JK
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  • 820
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  • 826
  • Volume

  • 131
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  • 6