Yasodha Natkunam, M.D., Ph.D

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  • Expression of the Activating Receptor, NKp46 (CD335), in Human Natural Killer and T-Cell Neoplasia. American journal of clinical pathology Freud, A. G., Zhao, S., Wei, S., Gitana, G. M., Molina-Kirsch, H. F., Atwater, S. K., Natkunam, Y. 2013; 140 (6): 853-866


    Objectives To evaluate the expression of CD335 (NKp46), an activation receptor that is selectively expressed on natural killer (NK) cells. Methods We assessed CD335's potential utility as a diagnostic marker in 657 cases by flow cytometry and 410 cases by immunohistochemistry. Results We observed that CD335 was highly specific for NK cells in nonneoplastic tissues. Moreover, 61 (90%) of 68 of NK cell neoplasms demonstrated CD335 expression, whereas B-cell, myelomonocytic, and plasma cell neoplasms lacked expression. Notably, 16 (20%) of 82 mature T-cell neoplasms, particularly T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia, mycosis fungoides, and ALK+ anaplastic large cell lymphoma, aberrantly expressed CD335. Conclusions Collectively, these data support the diagnostic utility of CD335 in evaluating hematopoietic malignancies and suggest that CD335 could be a useful target for selective immunotherapy in patients with mature NK and T-cell neoplasms.

    View details for DOI 10.1309/AJCPWGG69MCZOWMM

    View details for PubMedID 24225754

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