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MAL expression in lymphoid cells: Further evidence for MAL as a distinct molecular marker of primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphomas

Institute of Pathology, Universität Ulm, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Modern Pathology (Impact Factor: 6.36). 12/2002; 15(11):1172-80. DOI: 10.1097/01.MP.0000032534.81894.B3
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ABSTRACT The MAL mRNA was initially identified during T-cell development and was later found in myelin-forming cells and certain polarized epithelial cell lines. It encodes a proteolipid believed to participate in membrane microdomains stabilization, transport machinery and signal transduction. Using a differential display reverse-transcription approach, we identified MAL as a distinct molecular marker of primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma compared with nonmediastinal diffuse large B-cell lymphomas. In the present study, we used immunohistochemistry to extend MAL expression analysis to normal lymphoid tissues; to 185 lymphomas representing most B, T, and Hodgkin lymphoma entities; and to the primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma derived B-cell line MedB-1. In addition, B and T cells from peripheral blood, tonsil, and spleen were analyzed by flow cytometry. Our results show that MAL is highly expressed in thymocytes, in a large percentage of peripheral CD4 T cells, and in a lower proportion of CD8 peripheral T cells. In the normal B-cell compartment, MAL expression appears to be restricted to a minor subpopulation of thymic medullary B cells and to occasional mature plasma cells located in the interfollicular areas of tonsil and lymph nodes. Among B-cell lymphomas (n = 110), MAL expression in tumor cells was observed in 21/33 primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphomas (70%) and in 3/5 plasmacytoma/myeloma, but not in all other B-cell lymphomas with the exception of 1/33 nonmediastinal diffuse large B-cell lymphomas. The MedB-1 B-cell line was also MAL positive. Among T-cell neoplasms, MAL was highly expressed in lymphoblastic tumors (5/6), whereas mature T-cell lymphomas were essentially MAL negative (27/28). Among 41 Hodgkin lymphomas, 3 nodular-sclerosing cases with mediastinal involvement showed MAL-positive Reed Sternberg cells. In conclusion, this study further supports thymic B cells as the putative normal counterpart of primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphomas and supports MAL as a distinct molecular marker of this lymphoma subtype among diffuse large B-cell lymphomas.

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