T-cell variant of classical Hodgkin's lymphoma with nodal and cutaneous manifestations demonstrated by single-cell polymerase chain reaction

Klaus Willenbrock, Ryo Ichinohasama, Marshall E. Kadin, Ikuo Miura, Tadashi Terui, Kuniaki Meguro, Osamu Fukuhara, John F. DeCoteau, Martin Leo Hansmann

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Abstract

The atypical cells of CD30+ cutaneous lymphoproliferative disorders (CD30CLD) are commonly of T-cell origin and frequently have a similar morphology as Hodgkin or Reed-Sternberg cells of Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL). HL is one of the tumors associated with CD30CLD. Although most studies support a B-cell derivation of the tumor cells in HL, recently a few cases of classical HL with T-cell genotype have been reported. We report a patient who presented with CD30CLD whose lymph nodes showed classical HL of mixed cellularity subtype at presentation. By single-cell PCR, the same clonal gene rearrangements of the T cell receptor-β gene locus could be assigned to the CD30+ and CD15+ cells of both skin and lymph node. In a lymph node biopsy specimen taken in relapse after several courses of chemotherapy, the CD30+ tumor cells were abundant. The T cell-derived tumor cells displayed aberrant expression of the Pax-5 gene in all specimens. A common clonal origin of both CD30CLD and HL of the lymph node in the patient presented here suggests that HL with T-cell genotype exists in association with CD30CLD as well as in sporadic cases and may share clonal origin with the skin tumor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1103-1109
Number of pages7
JournalLaboratory Investigation
Volume82
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Sep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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