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Blood. 1995 May 15;85(10):2829-38.

SBH-1, a novel Reed-Sternberg-like cell line capable of inducing tumors in SCID mice: immunophenotypic, cytogenetic, and cytokine expression profiles.

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  • 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


A new cell line, SBH-1, with the morphologic, immunophenotypic, and karyotypic features consistent with those of Reed-Sternberg (RS) and Hodgkin (H) cells, has been established from the pleural effusion of a patient. The cytologic appearance of SBH-1 cells is characteristic of multinucleate RS and mononuclear H cells, all containing inclusion-like nucleoli. The SBH-1 cells express CD30, CD15, CD25, CD71, CD45, CD20, CD22, and bcl-2 protein and are negative for epithelial membrane antigen. Cytogenetic analysis showed multiple clonal abnormalities with breakpoints at 14q32, 6q21, and 11q23. The Ig heavy chain genes and both Ig light chain genes were rearranged in SBH-1 cells, whereas the bcl-2 gene was in germline configuration. Messages for the cytokines interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and transforming growth factor-beta and the cytokine receptors IL-2R, IL-4R, IL-6R, and IL-7R were detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis. Xenotransplantation of SBH-1 cells into severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice led to local and disseminated tumor growth. The cytologic, histologic, and immunohistochemical features of SBH-1 cells in SCID mouse tumors were typical of RS and H cells. The SBH-1 cell line will be useful in the study of RS and H cell biology, inasmuch as it represents a cell line obtained from a previously untreated patient.

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