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Presence of 3-fucosyl-N-acetyllactosamine shown by monoclonal antibody AGF 4.48 in Reed-Sternberg cells.
  1. J Crocker,
  2. N Skilbeck,
  3. G Brown,
  4. C Bunce


    A series of 50 specimens of Hodgkin's disease and 10 of reactive follicular hyperplasia were examined by means of indirect immunoperoxidase staining with a monoclonal antibody AGF 4.48: this is known to bind to 3-fucosyl-N-acetyllactosamine, which, in particular, is expressed by granulocyte series cells. Most Reed-Sternberg and many Hodgkin's cells were labelled by the antibody after pretreatment with neuraminidase. Routinely processed paraffin wax embedded sections proved suitable for staining. The findings were comparable with those reported by others with monoclonal antibodies to various other granulocyte markers. This technique is of potential diagnostic value.

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