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Am J Pathol. 1997 Jun;150(6):1893-900.

TIA-1 expression in lymphoid neoplasms. Identification of subsets with cytotoxic T lymphocyte or natural killer cell differentiation.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, USA.


TIA-I is a 15-kd cytotoxic granule-associated protein expressed in natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes. TIA-1 expression was evaluated by paraffin immunohistochemistry in 115 T- or NK-cell neoplasms, 45 B-cell neoplasms, and 45 Hodgkin's lymphomas. TIA-1-positive granules were identified within the cytoplasm of neoplastic cells in 6/6 large granular lymphocytic leukemias, 11/11 hepatosplenic T-cell lymphomas, 15/15 intestinal T-cell lymphomas, 6/6 NK-like T-cell lymphomas of no special type, 2/2 NK-cell lymphomas, 8/9 nasal T/NK-cell lymphomas, 7/8 subcutaneous T-cell lymphomas, 4/5 pulmonary T- or NK-cell angiocentric lymphomas (lymphomatoid granulomatosis), 12/19 T-cell anaplastic large-cell lymphomas, 2/12 nodal peripheral T-cell lymphomas, 1/3 CD8+ cutaneous T-cell lymphomas, and 5/38 classical Hodgkin's disease. All B-cell neoplasms, nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin's disease (7 cases), CD4+ cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (6 cases), adult T-cell leukemia/lymphomas (3 cases), T-cell chronic or prolymphocytic leukemias (3 cases), and T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphomas (7-cases) were TIA-1 negative. These findings indicate that most large granular lymphocytic leukemias, hepatosplenic T-cell lymphomas, intestinal T-cell lymphomas, NK-like T-cell lymphomas, NK-cell lymphomas, nasal T/NK-cell lymphomas, subcutaneous T-cell lymphomas, pulmonary angiocentric lymphomas of T or NK phenotype, and anaplastic large-cell lymphomas are cytotoxic T-or NK-cell neoplasms.

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