Absence of clonal beta and gamma T-cell receptor gene rearrangements in a subset of peripheral T-cell lymphomas

L. M. Weiss, L. J. Picker, T. M. Grogan, R. A. Warnke, J. Sklar

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The authors describe a set of seven peripheral T-cell lymphomas that lack detectable rearrangements of T-cell receptor (TCR) genes. All cases showed antigenic profiles consistent with T-cell lymphoma, including expression of Leu-5 (CD2) antigen. However, few other T-lineage markers were found, and none of the cases tested (6 of 7) bound antibody recognizing the constant region of the beta TCR protein. Each case showed exclusively germline configurations of DNA for the beta TCR genes in Southern blot analyses with the use of several different combinations of restriction enzymes and DNA hybridization probes. One case contained clonal rearrangements of the gamma TCR gene and of the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene. Our results suggest that certain cases of peripheral T-cell lymphoma may lack rearrangements of TCR genes - particularly those cases expressing restricted numbers of T-lineage antigens. In view of these findings, failure to detect rearrangements of TCR genes by Southern blot analyses is not necessarily inconsistent with malignant lymphocytic proliferations in T-lineage neoplasia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-442
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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