Leu-M1 antigen expression in advanced (tumor) stage mycosis fungoides

R. Wieczorek, M. Suhrland, D. Ramsay, M. L. Reed, D. M. Knowles

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The authors describe two patients with clinically and histopathologically documented advanced (tumor) stage mycosis fungoides. In each case the large, pleomorphic neoplastic cells lacked the monoclonal antibody-defined cell surface antigens commonly associated with immature and mature T-cells, i.e., T11, Leu-1, T3, T4, T6, T8, and T10, but expressed various T-cell-associated activation antigens, such as HLA-DR, Tac, and T21. Leu-M1, a monocyte-associated antigen, was not expressed by the small, cerebriform neoplastic cells in the plaque stage lesions of either patient. However, Leu-M1 was expressed by most of the large, pleomorphic neoplastic cells present in the nodular lesions of both patients. The pattern of Leu-M1 antigen expression was identical to that previously reported in the Reed-Sternberg cells of Hodgkin's disease. Identification of these two patients suggests using caution in the interpretation of the results of immunophenotypic analysis of cutaneous lymphoid neoplasms and that Leu-M1 should not be used as a diagnostic indicator of Hodgkin's disease or a histiocytic-derived neoplasm. These studies also suggest that Leu-M1 may be preferentially expressed on a subpopulation of activated, rapidly proliferating, and/or dedifferentiated neoplastic T-cells that proliferate in the advanced (tumor) stages of mycosis fungoides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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