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J Neurosurg. 1989 Oct;71(4):528-33.

Characterization of lymphoid cells isolated from human gliomas.

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Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


To analyze the phenotypic profile of lymphoid cells freshly isolated from surgically resected human gliomas, a double-immunostaining technique was developed which permitted the investigators simultaneously to distinguish between hematogenous and tumor cell populations and to detect expression of lymphocyte-monocyte subset-specific antigens on hematogenous cells. With this technique, the profiles of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL's) derived from high- and low-grade gliomas were compared with phenotypes of lymphocytes concurrently isolated from peripheral blood. The total leukocyte cell yield from high-grade glioma cases exceeded that of low-grade cases. In nine high-grade glioma cases the proportion of CD8-positive cells was increased within the TIL population (41.2% +/- 1.9%, mean +/- standard error of the mean) as compared to the corresponding peripheral blood lymphocyte (PBL) population (30.8% +/- 4.1%, p less than 0.05). The proportion of natural killer HNK-positive cells, some of which bear the CD8 antigen (although not necessarily the pan T cell antigens CD2 and CD3), was also increased in the TIL's (41.9% +/- 4.2%) compared to that found in PBL's (32.1 +/- 5.6%, p less than 0.05) of high-grade glioma cases. The observed phenotypic pattern of high-grade glioma TIL's is similar to that reported based on immunohistochemical analysis of tumor tissue sections, suggesting that the techniques described here resulted in isolation of lymphoid cells representative of TIL's.

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