Aims: To investigate by immunohistochemical analysis the expression of the TCL1 oncogene product and of CD27 in 25 cases of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas (PCBCL) classified according to the World Health Organization-European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer classification of cutaneous lymphomas. In B-cell ontogenesis TCL1 is mainly expressed by 'naive' B lymphocytes and by a subset of germinal centre B cells, whereas CD27 is expressed by a subset of germinal centre B cells, 'memory' B lymphocytes and plasma cells, suggesting that their expression in physiological conditions is mutually exclusive. Methods and results: Overall, TCL1 was expressed in 5/25 cases (20%) and CD27 in 15/25 cases (60%). Furthermore, 7/25 cases (28%) were TCL1- and CD27- and 2/25 cases (8%) were TCL1+ and CD27+. In particular, primary cutaneous follicle-centre lymphomas (10 cases) showed a variable expression of both TCL1 and CD27, whereas primary cutaneous marginal-zone B-cell lymphomas (eight cases) showed, with the exception of a single case, a definite CD27+/TCL1- profile. Conclusions: These findings indicate: (i) the TCL1 oncogene product is uncommonly expressed in PCBCL (20% of cases, mainly of the follicle-centre subtype); (ii) in contrast, CD27 is often expressed in PCBCL (60% of cases), mainly of the marginal-zone subtype; (iii) the coexpression of TCL1 and CD27 may be seldom observed in PCBCL (8% of cases); (iv) PCBCL does not seem to show, in terms of either TCL1 or CD27 expression, significant differences compared with its systemic counterparts.
- B-cell lymphoma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Cell Biology