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Blast Cells with Monoclonal Surface Immunoglobulin in Two Cases of Acute Blast Crisis Supervening on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 06 October 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:23
  1. Jean-Claude Brouet,
  2. Jean-Louis Preud'homme,
  3. Maxime Seligmann,
  4. Jean Bernard


    Acute blast crisis occurred in two patients with previously well-confirmed chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. The finding by direct immunofluorescence of membrane-bound monoclonal immunoglobulins on the surface of the blast cells showed that they were related to B cells in the same way as the proliferating lymphocytes in most patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. In one patient the surface monoclonal IgM detected on both the lymphocytes and the blast cells had the same rheumatoid antibody activity, supporting the concept that the leukaemic cells found during the acute and chronic phases of the disease originated from the same clone.