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Am J Pathol. 1978 Feb;90(2):497-520.

Suggested models of ecotaxopathy in lymphoreticular malignancy. A role for iron-binding proteins in the control of lymphoid cell migration.


In the present paper we apply the "ecotaxis hypothesis" to the analysis of lymphocyte distribution in Hodgkin's disease and other forms of lymphoid malignancy. The results lead us to consider the possiblity that metal-binding proteins, namely ferritin, transferrin and lactoferrin, play a role in lymphocyte ecotaxopahty. It is suggested that in Hodgkin's disease, a failure of lymph node and spleen monocytes to handle iron normally could explain most of the hematologic, immunologic, pathologic, and epidemiologic features of the disease.

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