Cultured human NK cells express the Ki-1/CD30 antigen

A. Cambiaggi, C. Cantoni, S. Marciano, D. De Totero, S. Pileri, P. L. Tazzari, H. Stein, S. Ferrini

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In this study we show that in vitro cultured human polyclonal NK cell lines and clones express the Ki-1/CD30 Hodgkin-associated antigen, identified by the BER-H2 monoclonal antibody. The percentage of BER-H2+ cells ranged from 19% to 67% in five polyclonal NK cell lines and was 31% and 20% in two NK clones. The intensity of BER-H2 mAb staining on cultured NK cells was remarkably lower than that found on the L540 Hodgkin's lymphoma cell line. Resting PBL populations that had been enriched for NK cells failed to react with the BER-H2 mAb. Western blot analysis performed on cell lysates from a polyclonal NK cell line and from the NK3.3 NK-like cell line revealed that BER-H2-reactive molecules consisted of two major bands of approximately 110 kD and 100 kD. Two bands displaying an identical electrophoretic mobility were also found in lysates of the L540 cell line. The BER-H2 mAb failed to inhibit the nonspecific activated killer activity of cultured NK cells against both K562 and MeWo tumour target cells. In addition, the BER-H2 mAb was unable to trigger the cytolytic activity of NK cells in a redirected killing assay. The observation that cultured human NK cells express the Ki-1/CD30 antigen may be of relevance for the possible lineage assignment of Ki1/CD30+ lymphoid cell neoplasia with unrearranged TCR genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-276
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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