The aberrancy of immunophenotype and immunoglobulin status as indicators of prognosis in B cell diffuse large cell lymphoma

C. M. Spier, T. M. Grogan, S. M. Lippman, D. J. Slymen, J. A. Rybski, T. P. Miller

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To assess the prognostic significance of the immunophenotype in diffuse large cell lymphoma (DLCL), 105 DLCL patients were studied between 1978 and 1987 using a panel of 40 monoclonal antibodies applied to frozen tissue. Eighty-three patients were found to have B cell phenotypes, and 20 patients had T cell phenotypes. Focusing on markers relevant to clinical outcome among B cell LCL showed that lack of expression of the pan B antigens Leu14 and Leu16 was correlated with decreased survival (Leu14, P = 0.01; Leu16, P = 0.06; log-rank). HLA-DR activity also showed that lack of expression of this antigen correlated with poor survival (P = 0.004, log-rank). Kappa light chain immunoglobulin lack of expression showed predictive value for decreased survival as well (P = 0.005, log-rank). Multivariate analyses of known clinically important variables and the immune phenotypes confirm that the loss of HLA-DR and B cell aberrancy are independent factors predicting a poor clinical outcome. Losing some B activation/kappa antigens appears to be a broad biologic phenomenon linking surface antigen lack of expression with decreased survival. This suggests that aberrancy of immunophenotype and immunoglobulin status are key predictors of survival in B-LCL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-126
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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