The gene encoding p53 phosphoprotein, originally believed to be an oncogene, recently has been proposed as a candidate antioncogene (tumor-suppressor gene). Abnormalities of the p53 gene expression have been demonstrated in different human malignancies including carcinomas and sarcomas, but little information concerning p53 immunoreactivity in human lymphomas is so far available. In this study immunohistochemical staining for p53-protein was performed on frozen- and paraffin-embedded samples from patients with Hodgkin's (HD) and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL). No p53 immunoreactivity could be demonstrated in any cell type in nonneoplastic lymphoid samples, including germinal center cells in reactive lymph nodes and cortical thymocytes. On the other hand, a significant proportion of p53+ neoplastic cells was observed in 23 of 31 cases of HD and 17 of 68 cases of NHL. All positive lymphoma cases were diagnosed as high-grade or CD30+ anaplastic NHL. The demonstration of abnormal expression of p53 protein in these diseases can contribute to addressing unresolved issues regarding the origin and pathogenesis of HD and CD30+ anaplastic lymphomas.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine