Author Affiliations

  1. F Forconi,
  2. D Raspadori,
  3. M Lenoci and
  4. F Lauria


Surface expression of CD27 was evaluated in 75 mature leukemic B-cell neoplasms. All cases other than hairy cell leukemia (HCL) expressed CD27. Intensity was significantly higher in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Lack of CD27 in 17/17 HCL contrasted with expression of this marker in 5/5 splenic lymphomas with villous lymphocytes. Lack of CD27 is a new distinctive feature of HCL among B-cell malignancies.