Expression of BAFF-R (BR 3) in normal and neoplastic lymphoid tissues characterized with a newly developed monoclonal antibody

Virchows Arch. 2005 Jul;447(1):53-60. doi: 10.1007/s00428-005-1275-6. Epub 2005 Jun 14.


BAFF-receptor (BAFF-R) is required for the successful maturation and survival of B-cells. We developed an anti-human BAFF-R monoclonal antibody (mAb), 8 A 7. The reactivity of 8 A 7 in normal and neoplastic tissue was examined by performing immunohistochemistry on paraffin-embedded sections. 8 A 7 reacted with lymphocytes in the mantle and marginal zones, but not with lymphocytes in the interfollicular area. Lymphocytes in the germinal centers were found to be negative or occasionally weakly positive for 8 A 7. BAFF-R expression was found only in B-cell lymphoma (44/80, positive cases/examined cases): B-lymphoblastic lymphoma 0/3, B-chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma 4/4, mantle cell lymphoma 9/11, follicular lymphoma 10/14, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) 11/25, marginal zone B-cell lymphoma 8/10, lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma 2/2, plasma cell myeloma 0/2, and Burkitt lymphoma 0/9, but not in T/NK cell lymphomas (0/19) or Hodgkin lymphoma (0/10). BAFF-R was expressed in most low-grade B-cell neoplasms and a small number of DLBCL, suggesting that BAFF-R may play an important role in the proliferation of neoplastic lymphoid cells. Thus, the mAb is very useful for further understanding of both healthy B-cell biology and its pathogenic neoplasms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • B-Cell Activation Factor Receptor
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry / methods
  • Lymph Nodes / metabolism
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Lymphoid Tissue / metabolism*
  • Lymphoid Tissue / pathology
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / metabolism*
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / pathology
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / metabolism*
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / pathology
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor / metabolism*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • B-Cell Activation Factor Receptor
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor
  • TNFRSF13C protein, human