In an attempt to further clarify the role of the apoptosis-counteracting protein bcl-2, non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL, n = 170) were examined immunohistochemically, across the boundaries of histologic classification, for the presence of this oncoprotein, in comparison with apoptotic indices (A1) and percentages of Ki-67+ cells (growth fraction). The results of this retrospective study revealed a highly significant inverse relationship ('mirror image') between the proportion of bcl-2+ cells and the A1 per case. Both these parameters, although variable, clearly distinguished low- from high-grade-malignancy lymphomas according to the Kiel classification. Cluster analysis detected 2 separate groups of high-grade NHL, one with rather high A1 and low percentages of bcl-2+ cells, comprising most anaplastic large-cell lymphomas, the other group with reverse characteristics. We found no correlation between the percentage of bcl-2+ cells per case and overall survival.
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- Cancer Research