Flow cytometric analysis of T-lymphocyte subpopulations in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia: correlation with clinical stage

Blut. 1987 Nov;55(5):447-52. doi: 10.1007/BF00367462.


Several authors have studied the T-lymphocyte subpopulations in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL), but previous studies were performed after preceding enrichment procedures, which are known to cause selective losses of certain subpopulations. To correct for this deficiency we used flow cytometric analysis, which enabled us to measure subpopulations directly on total blood samples. We studied T-lymphocyte subsets with OKT monoclonal antibodies in 45 patients with B-CLL. Serum levels of IgG, IgA and IgM were assayed simultaneously and findings were correlated with clinical stage (Rai classification). The absolute number of CD4-positive cells decreased in more advanced Rai stages, while the absolute number of CD8-positive cells increased, resulting in a progressive reduction in CD4/8 ratio. Results from patients in stages with equal prognosis (Rai I and II, Rai III and IV) were similar and when these results were grouped the observed differences were highly significant and clearly correlated with all prognostic groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • B-Lymphocytes
  • Female
  • Flow Cytometry*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulins / analysis
  • Immunoglobulins / classification
  • Leukemia, Lymphoid / blood
  • Leukemia, Lymphoid / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • T-Lymphocytes / classification*


  • Immunoglobulins