Human thymomas are epithelial neoplasms frequently associated with an exuberant lymphoid component. This mixture of epithelial cells and lymphocytes closely mimicks the organization of normal thymic cortex. However, it is not known whether thymocytes in thymoma express the T-cell receptor (TCR) for the antigen. We have analyzed the molecular configuration of TCR genes and their phenotypic expression in eight thymomas. In all we detected polyclonal rearrangements of TCR genes and cytoplasmic expression of TCR molecules in most thymocytes, thus indicating that rearranged TCR genes in thymomas are functioning genes. In addition, these findings suggest that the epithelial component of thymomas, even if neoplastic, is still capable of directing thymocyte differentiation.

Expression and gene rearrangement of the T-cell receptor in human thymomas

SCARPA, Aldo;BONETTI, Franco;ZAMBONI, Giuseppe;
1990

Abstract

Human thymomas are epithelial neoplasms frequently associated with an exuberant lymphoid component. This mixture of epithelial cells and lymphocytes closely mimicks the organization of normal thymic cortex. However, it is not known whether thymocytes in thymoma express the T-cell receptor (TCR) for the antigen. We have analyzed the molecular configuration of TCR genes and their phenotypic expression in eight thymomas. In all we detected polyclonal rearrangements of TCR genes and cytoplasmic expression of TCR molecules in most thymocytes, thus indicating that rearranged TCR genes in thymomas are functioning genes. In addition, these findings suggest that the epithelial component of thymomas, even if neoplastic, is still capable of directing thymocyte differentiation.
genes; T-cell receptor; thymomas
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