We report the case of a 70-year-old female with a lymphocytosis which was casually detected during a routine examination. Immunological studies revealed the expansion of granular lymphocytes (GL) with the following, previously undescribed phenotype: Leu 7+, OKT3+ , OKT4+, OKT8-, OKM1+ . These cells were tested for their functional activities and found to exert neither helper nor suppressor functions in in vitro tests. Cytotoxic activities demonstrated a strong ADCC and a markedly reduced NK function. 1 year later the clinical course has remained good without any treatment and we suggest that this case should be classified as an abnormal expansion of GL, despite the OKT4 positivity of the cells. Our data point out the importance of a careful immunological study of cells from these rare patients and suggest the existence of a normal GL population expressing the OKT4 phenotype, which is possibly expanded in this patient.

This content is only available via PDF.
Copyright / Drug Dosage / Disclaimer
Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.
You do not currently have access to this content.