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Semin Hematol. 1999 Jul;36(3):253-9.

Immune reactions in classical Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands.


The immune reaction in classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) can be separated into an inflammatory response in the involved tissues and a generalized immune response in the patient. The local immune reaction in HL is by far the most prominent among all tumors, with the exception of so called T-cell-rich B-cell lymphoma, a subtype of large-cell B-cell lymphoma. The general immune response in patients with HL is best described as an acquired cellular immune deficiency, most likely a result of the presence of tumor, although some data in the literature suggest a preexisting immune deficiency. The cellular origin of Reed-Sternberg (RS) cells in classical and nodular lymphocyte-predominant HL is discussed elsewhere. RS cells and their mononuclear variants can be considered as clones of neoplastic B cells that, by secreting potent cytokines/chemokines, not only cause the symptoms of HL but also promote their own growth and evade immune surveillance. The characteristic histologic features of HL--the prominent inflammatory response, the influx of eosinophils, and the presence of fibrosis and sclerosis--may also result from the expression of a range of surface molecules and the production of cytokines and chemokines by RS cells.

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