Granzyme B Immunoreactivity in T/natural Killer Cell Lymphomas

Min Sun Cho, Mi Kyung Lee, Woo Ick Yang, Joo Heon Yoon

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Granzyme B is one of the serine proteases expressed in natural killer (NK) cells and activated cytotoxic T-lymphocytes. To evaluate the usefulness of granzyme B immunoreactivity in the diagnosis of T/NK-cell lymphoma, we studied 69 cases of lymphomas occurring in the upper aerodigestive tract by paraffin-section immunohistochemistry using a commercially available monoclonal antibody to granzyme B (GrB-7). All 19 cases of T/NK-cell lymphomas defined by the expression of CD56 (NHK-1) and one or both T-cell markers (polyclonal CD3 and CD45RO) expressed granular cytoplasmic granzyme B immunoreactivity. Two out of 9 cases of T-cell lymphomas showing no CD56 expression demonstrated strong granzyme B immunoreactivity. No tumor cells among 39 cases of B-cell diffuse large cell lymphomas and 2 cases of null cell diffuse large cell lymphomas were immunoreactive for granzyme B, however a few scattered granzyme B-positive reactive small lymphoid cells were consistently observed. Based on its sensitivity in this study as well as its reactivity in routinely processed tissue sections, even without heat-induced epitope retrieval technique, monoclonal antibody to granzyme B (GrB-7) can be applied as a useful marker in the diagnosis of T/NK-cell lymphomas in conjunction with CD56.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-293
Number of pages9
JournalYonsei Medical Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997


  • Granzyme B
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • T/NK-cell lymphomas


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