Immunophenotypic and molecular genetic characterization of a case of CD8+ B cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia

V. Attadia, M. Alosi, S. Improta, M. Baccarani, P. De Paoli

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Abstract

We report the case of a patient with chronic B lymphocytic leukemia, with stable clinical and hematological conditions in the absence of any treatment. The flow cytometry analysis of the patient's cells revealed a CD19+, CD5+, IgM+, IgD+, λ chain+ phenotype, along with an unusual expression of CD8α/α homo dimer. B cells did not stain with the anti CD8β monoclonal antibody T8/2T8 5H7. Molecular biology analyses confirmed the monoclonal rearrangements of immunoglobulin heavy and λ light chain genes in the presence of a germline configuration of T cell receptor genes. Moreover, an abnormal configuration of the CD8A gene was found in the CD8+ B lymphocytic clone. We suggest that the aberrant expression of the CD8 gene could be related to its abnormal configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1544-1550
Number of pages7
JournalLeukemia
Volume10
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1996

Keywords

  • B-CLL
  • CD8A gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Cancer Research

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