Title: Immunohistochemical characterization of leucocyte subpopulations in endometriotic lesions
Authors: Oosterlynck, D J ×
Cornillie, F J
Waer, Mark
Koninckx, Philippe #
Issue Date: Apr-1993
Series Title: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics vol:253 issue:4 pages:197-206
Abstract: Leucocyte subpopulations localized in endometriotic lesions were analysed using the avidin-biotin immunoperoxidase technique on 15 biopsies obtained by CO2 laser excision. Qualitative assessment of the leucocyte subpopulations was performed with a panel of antihuman monoclonal antibodies for leucocytes (anti-Hle-1), T-lymphocytes (anti-leu-4), T helper/inducer (anti-leu-3a), T suppressor/cytotoxic (anti-leu-2a), B cells (anti-leu-12), HLA-DR (anti-HLA-DR), macrophages (anti-leu-M3) and natural killer cells (anti-leu-7, anti-leu-11; anti-leu-19). Leucocyte common antigen (anti-Hle-1)-positive cells were present in all lesions and were the most frequent stromal leucocytes. Of these, the T lymphocytes are the most frequent subpopulation together with the macrophages. The CD4/CD8 ratio was 0.78. No anti-leu-7 and/or anti-leu-11-positive cells were found although a substantial amount of anti-leu-19-positive cells were found in each lesion. There were very few B cells present in the ectopic endometrial lesions. In conclusion, an important amount of cytotoxic lymphocytes (anti-leu-2a -and anti-leu-19-positive cells) and macrophages (anti-leu-M3) were found in the endometriotic lesions. The possible importance of these intraendometriotic leucocytes for the pathophysiology of endometriosis will be discussed.
ISSN: 0932-0067
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Nephrology
Basic Research in Gynaecology Section (-)
Laboratory of Experimental Transplantation
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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