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Leuk Res. 2004 Aug;28(8):777-83.

Bone marrow mast cell immunophenotyping in adults with mast cell disease: a prospective study of 33 patients.

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Divisions of Hematology and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


The aberrant co-expression of CD2 and CD25 antigens is the immunophenotypic hallmark of neoplastic mast cells, and has been consistently identified on bone marrow mast cells from patients with indolent mast cell disease (MCD). We prospectively analyzed the bone marrow mast cell immunophenotype by multiparametric flow cytometry (FC) for 33 MCD cases, to examine the role of CD2 and CD25 expression in establishing diagnosis, detecting histologically occult bone marrow mast cell infiltration, and assessing treatment response. While CD25 was almost uniformly expressed, only 6 of 13 patients with indolent MCD, 1 of 8 with aggressive MCD, 2 of 7 with MCD and an associated hematological disorder, and none of the 2 patients with either mast cell leukemia or smoldering systemic mastocytosis, expressed CD2. One of three patients with cutaneous mastocytosis had an aberrant CD2+/CD25+ mast cell population suggesting histologically occult bone marrow involvement. CD25 expression was lost in one patient who achieved complete histologic remission with therapy, but not in two patients who achieved a partial remission. In conclusion, CD25, but not CD2, is a reliable marker for neoplastic mast cells, and CD25 expression indicates histologically occult bone marrow infiltration and residual disease after therapy.

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