Lymph nodes from each of the four histologic types of Hodgkin's disease were examined for the presence of eosinophils and for eosinophil degranulation by immunofluorescent localization of eosinophil granule major basic protein (MBP). Eosinophil degranulation shown by MBP depositon outside of eosinophils was found in six of eight nodes from patients with nodular sclerosing disease and in two of eight nodes from patients with lymphocyte depletion-type disease. Three nodes of the mixed cellularity type, one node of the lymphocyte predominance type, and one lymph node of the lymphocyte depletion type showed one or two small foci of extracellular MBP deposition. Lymph nodes from patients without Hodgkin's disease showed no extracellular deposition of MBP. Large numbers of eosinophils were found in seven of eight nodes of the nodular sclerosing variant, but were less frequently seen among the other types of Hodgkin's disease. The presence of extracellular MBP in lymph nodes of patients with Hodgkin's disease indicates that eosinophil degranulation commonly occurs and suggests that the released eosinophil granule proteins may participate in the inflammatory reaction in this disorder more extensively than is presently appreciated.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology