A systemic lymphoproliferative disorder with morphologic features of Castleman's disease. Pathological findings in 15 patients

American Journal of Surgical Pathology (Impact Factor: 4.59). 05/1983; 7(3):211-31.
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ABSTRACT This report describes the nodal and extranodal lesions observed in 15 patients with a generalized disorder that had been histologically diagnosed as Castleman's disease. The disorder was characterized by severe constitutional symptoms, constant involvement of multiple peripheral lymph nodes, and frequent hepatosplenomegaly, in association with clinical and laboratory features reminiscent of a "collagen disease." The clinical course was chronic, with remissions and exacerbations in seven patients, and aggressive and fatal in eight. The material examined included multiple lymph node biopsies, four surgical specimens of spleen, one open lung biopsy, and material from four autopsies. The diagnostic morphological findings were observed in the nodes and were represented by the following histologic triad: diffuse marked plasmacytosis, from the medulla to the subcapsular areas; prominence of the germinal centers; and good preservation of the architecture. One variant of this basic pattern featured abundant immunoblasts and blood vessels. The process appears to be a systemic reactive proliferation of B-lymphocytes, perhaps resulting from faulty immune regulation. Morphologic similarities indicate a relationship between this multicentric disorder and Castleman's disease of plasmacellular type. However, there are distinct differences between them in clinical presentation and evolution, and, consequently, in therapeutic approach.

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    • "It is remarkable that almost 20 years after discovery of HHV-8 we do not have such basic assays to study the virus. It is postulated that HHV-8 infection drives B cells to an early plasmablast-like state in MCD and a preterminal plasma cell stage of differentiation in PEL (Frizzera et al., 1983; Miller et al., 1984; Cesarman et al., 1995; Nador et al., 1995; Agematsu et al., 1997; Matolcsy et al., 1998; Dupin et al., 2000; Du et al., 2001; Klein et al., 2003; Chadburn et al., 2004, 2008; Hassman et al., 2011). Hassman et al. (2011) recently showed that latencyassociated nuclear antigen (LANA) + B cells express IgM and the λ light chain at 2.5–3.5 days post-HHV-8 infection in vitro. "
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    ABSTRACT: Professional antigen presenting cells (APC), i.e., dendritic cells (DC), monocytes/macrophages, and B lymphocytes, are critically important in the recognition of an invading pathogen and presentation of antigens to the T cell-mediated arm of immunity. Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) is one of the few human viruses that primarily targets these APC for infection, altering their cytokine profiles, manipulating their surface expression of MHC molecules, and altering their ability to activate HHV-8-specific T cells. This could be why T cell responses to HHV-8 antigens are not very robust. Of these APC, only B cells support complete, lytic HHV-8 infection. However, both complete and abortive virus replication cycles in APC could directly affect viral pathogenesis and progression to Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) and HHV-8-associated B cell cancers. In this review, we discuss the effects of HHV-8 infection on professional APC and their relationship to the development of KS and B cell lymphomas.
    Frontiers in Immunology 01/2012; 3:427. DOI:10.3389/fimmu.2012.00427
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    • "Several HHV8-pos- itive cell lines have been established from PEL (Arvanitakis et al., 1996; Gaidano et al., 1996; Renne et al., 1996; Said et al., 1996; Carbone et al., 1997, 1998; Katano et al., 1999a), and used as provider cells of HHV8. MCD is also a rare disease characterized by plasmacytic lymphoadenopathy with polyclonal hyperimmunoglobulinemia and high levels of serum IL-6 (Frizzera et al., 1983; Yoshizaki et al., 1989; Chen, 1984). Follicular hyperplasia with proliferation of plasma cells and hyaline vascular alterations in the lymph node are the histopathological hallmarks of MCD. "
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    Virology 05/2000; 269(2):335-44. DOI:10.1006/viro.2000.0196 · 3.28 Impact Factor
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