New! Sign up for our free email newsletter.
Science News
from research organizations

New criteria for T-cell lymphoma diagnosis

July 28, 2010
American Journal of Pathology
Researchers in Italy have discovered new diagnostic criteria to differentiate peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs).

A group led by Dr. Mario Colombo of the Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy and Dr. Stefano Pileri of the Bologna University School of Medicine, Bologna, Italy has discovered new diagnostic criteria to differentiate peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs).

They present these findings in the August 2010 issue of the American Journal of Pathology.

PTCLs comprise a group of rare and aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas that develop from T-cells in different stages of maturity. These diseases have a poor prognosis, with a 5-year survival rate of around 25%.

Subtype differentiation of peripheral T-cell lymphomas, such as autoimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) and peripheral T-cell lymphomas of non-specific origin (PTCL/NOS), is critical for the application of specific therapeutic strategies. Tripodo et al therefore examined the immunological microenvironment of PTCLs to find diagnostic criteria to differentiate AITLs and PTCL/NOS. They found that two types of immune cells, T helper 17 (Th17) cells and mast cells, directly contributed to the pro-inflammatory microenvironment of AITLs but not PTCL/NOS. From their data, they propose that AITL cells may directly recruit mast cells, which then secrete factors that result in the pro-inflammatory, Th17-generating microenvironment that leads to autoimmunity in these patients.

Tipodo and colleagues suggest "the immunological microenvironment of AITL, differently from that of PTCL/NOS, is characterized by the abundance of mast cells likely recruited by CXCL-13, produced, at least in part, by the neoplastic clone of Tfh derivation. In the AITL environment, infiltrating MCs might promote inflammation tipping the balance between immune regulation and autoimmunity and contributing to the local changes occurring in AITL-infiltrated tissues. The possible clinical relevance of microenviromental patterns as well as the potential therapeutic impact of strategies interfering in such dynamics surely warrant further investigation."

Story Source:

Materials provided by American Journal of Pathology. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Tripodo C, Gri G, Piccaluga PP, Frossi B, Guarnotta C, Piconese S, Franco G, Vetri V, Pucillo CE, Florena AM, Colombo MP, Pileri SA. Mast cells and Th17 cells contribute to the lymphoma-associated pro-inflammatory microenvironment of angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. Am J Pathol, 2010; 177: 792-802

Cite This Page:

American Journal of Pathology. "New criteria for T-cell lymphoma diagnosis." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 July 2010. <>.
American Journal of Pathology. (2010, July 28). New criteria for T-cell lymphoma diagnosis. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 30, 2024 from
American Journal of Pathology. "New criteria for T-cell lymphoma diagnosis." ScienceDaily. (accessed May 30, 2024).

Explore More

from ScienceDaily