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Blood. 1988 Jul;72(1):234-40.

A Ki-1 (CD30)-positive human cell line (Karpas 299) established from a high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, showing a 2;5 translocation and rearrangement of the T-cell receptor beta-chain gene.

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Department of Haematological Medicine, Cambridge University, England.


We describe the characterization of a new human cell line, Karpas 299 (K299), established from blast cells in the peripheral blood of a 25-year-old white man. His illness, which began with enlarged occipital and axillary nodes and weight loss, ended after 7 months with generalized lymphadenopathy, pleural effusion, and bone marrow involvement. A lymph node biopsy showed a large cell lymphoma mainly sinusoidal in distribution. The blast cells with pleomorphic nuclei resembled primitive histiocytes. The cells, which expressed the T-cell-associated markers CD4 and CD5, were positive for HLA-DR, epithelial membrane antigen, and CD30 (Ki-1 antigen). The karyotype was aneuploid and included a translocation 2;5. The site of translocation on chromosome 5 (at 5q35.1) is in the region of the locus of the c-fms oncogene (receptor of the monocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor MCSF or CSF-1). The cell line Karpas 299 has the same karyotype and pattern of antigen expression as the patient's cells. Northern blot analysis of RNA showed an active rearrangement of the T-cell receptor beta-chain gene. This is to our knowledge the first Ki-1 antigen-positive line to be established from a case of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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