Leukocyte differentiation antigens in canine cutaneous and oral plasmacytomas

Mark D. Schrenzel, Diane K. Naydan, Peter F Moore

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Seventeen cutaneous and oral tumours with light microscopic features of plasmacytomas from 16 dogs were studied. Clinically, most neoplasms were benign, although three recurred after excision and three were locally invasive. Tumours most often arose on the pinnae, digits, gingiva, and inguinal regions near areas of chronic inflammation and exhibited variable degrees of plasmacytic differentiation microscopically. Diagnosis of plasmacytoma was confirmed in paraffin-embedded tissues with a panel of leukocyte differentiation antigen markers that included cross-reactive antibodies for Mb-1 (CD79a), CD3, and vimentin and canine-specific antibodies for CD45RA and CD18. Immunoreactivity for Mb-1 and CD45RA, including staining of multinucleate cells and cells with karyomegaly, confirmed a B-cell origin of neoplasms, while staining for CD3 and CD18 revealed an extensive network of infiltrative T-cells and dendritic cells in tumours suggestive of a directed immune response. These findings (i) demonstrate the value of using a panel of antibodies for leukocyte antigens to differentiate plasmacytomas from other cutaneous and oral round cell tumours, and (ii) suggest that immune recognition and responsiveness within tumours may play a role in the behaviour of plasmacytomas in dogs by affecting tumour cell growth and differentiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalVeterinary Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998


  • Canine
  • CD45RA
  • Dog
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Leukocyte
  • Mb-1
  • Plasmacytoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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