Expression of the brain transcription factor OTX1 occurs in a subset of normal germinal-center B cells and in aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Daniela Omodei, Dario Acampora, Filippo Russo, Rosaria De Filippi, Valeria Severino, Raffaele Di Francia, Ferdinando Frigeri, Pietro Mancuso, Anna De Chiara, Antonio Pinto, Stefano Casola, Antonio Simeone

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Abstract

The roles in brain development. Previous studies have shown the association between OTX2 and OTX1 with anaplastic and desmoplastic medulloblastomas, respectively. Here, we investigated OTX1 and OTX2 expression in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) and multiple myeloma. A combination of semiquantitative RT-PCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemical analyses was used to measure OTX1 and OTX2 levels in normal lymphoid tissues and in 184 tumor specimens representative of various forms of NHL and multiple myeloma. OTX1 expression was activated in 94% of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas, in all Burkitt lymphomas, and in 90% of high-grade follicular lymphomas. OTX1 was undetectable in precursor-B lymphoblastic lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and in most marginal zone and mantle cell lymphomas and multiple myeloma. OTX2 was undetectable in all analyzed malignancies. Analysis of OTX1 expression in normal lymphoid tissues identified a subset of resting germinal center (GC) B cells lacking PAX5 and BCL6 and expressing cytoplasmic IgG and syndecan. About 50% of OTX1+ GC B cells co-expressed CD10 and CD20. This study identifies OTX1 as a molecular marker for high-grade GC-derived NHL and suggests an involvement of this transcription factor in B-cell lymphomagenesis. Furthermore, OTX1 expression in a subset of normal GC B cells carrying plasma cell markers suggests its possible contribution to terminal B-cell differentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2609-2617
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Volume175
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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