Roger Warnke

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  • EXPRESSION OF T-CELL RECEPTOR-DELTA CHAINS IN BENIGN AND MALIGNANT T-LINEAGE LYMPHOPROLIFERATIONS AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY Picker, L. J., Brenner, M. B., Michie, S., Warnke, R. A. 1988; 132 (3): 401-405

    Abstract:

    Recent studies in both human and murine systems have demonstrated the existence of a second CD3-associated T cell receptor (the gamma delta-TCR) distinct from the alpha beta heterodimer associated with antigen recognition by classical T cells. Using a monoclonal antibody specific for the delta component of the human gamma delta-TCR, the expression of this antigen in both benign, reactive lymphoid tissues and T lineage lymphomas was studied with immunohistologic techniques. In the normal thymus, TCR-delta+ cells constituted less than 5% of the CD3+ thymocytes and were located primarily in the medulla or juxtamedullary cortex. Within the T zones of 16 histologically varied reactive peripheral lymphoid tissues, including four patients with marked predominantly paracortical hyperplasia, the authors identified from less than 1% to a maximum of 5% TCR-delta+ cells. While these results are consistent with the hypothesis that TCR-gamma delta+ cells comprise a small distinct subpopulation of peripheral T cells in humans, selective localization or recruitment of these cells could not be demonstrated in any of a number of tissues or reactive situations. Among 62 T lineage lymphomas, including 14 CD3+/TCR-beta- cases, only two TCR-delta+ neoplasms were identified, both lymphoblastic lymphomas displaying the CD3+/CD4-/CD8- phenotype known to be associated with normal TCR-gamma delta+ T cells. Because the majority of CD3+/TCR-beta- lymphomas did not display TCR-delta, these results argue against the hypothesis that the high incidence of CD3/TCR-beta discordance noted in T lineage lymphomas represents preferential transformation of the TCR-delta-expressing subset.

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