CD Markers
CD15

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 22 December 2015, last major update January 2014

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Related topics: CD15s, CD15u

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Definition / General
  • A carbohydrate (not a protein) widely used for diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Also known as LeuM1, Lewis X, 3-fucosyl-N-acetyl-lactosamine
  • Mediates phagocytosis and chemotaxis
  • Synthesis is directed by FUT4 (OMIM #104230) in lymphoid cells and mature granulocytes, and by FUT9 (OMIM #606865) in promyelocytes and monocytes
  • References: Quality control for CD15
Clinical Features
Uses by Pathologists
  • Hodgkin lymphoma: membranous, diffuse cytoplasmic or Golgi staining of Reed-Sternberg cells; CD15 staining is used to confirm diagnosis, or to differentiate Hodgkin lymphoma (CD15+) from anaplastic large cell lymphoma (usually CD15-)
  • Granulocyte marker
Case Reports
Micro Images

Images hosted on Pathout server:

Lymph node: Hodgkin lymphoma: membranous, cytoplasmic and golgi staining


Hodgkin lymphoma-nodular lymphocyte predominant:
LP cells are CD15- but classic RS cells are CD15+


Renal cell carcinoma: papillary type



Images hosted on other servers:

Left: normal bone marrow and breast, right: normal kidney

Small intestine: normal Paneth cells (fig B)


Lymph node: Hodgkin lymphoma: membranous,
cytoplasmic and golgi staining


Hodgkin lymphoma: comparison of antibodies


Various images

Colon: invasive colorectal carcinoma

Positive Staining - Normal
  • Myeloid cells and eosinophils; activated B and T cells (including infectious mononucleosis); variable monocytes and basophils
  • Kidney proximal convoluted tubules; small intestine Paneth cells (J Clin Pathol 1996;49:474)
Positive Staining - Disease
Negative Staining