Stains & CD markers

Topic Completed: 1 January 2012

Minor changes: 5 August 2021

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PubMed Search: BCL6[title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Transcription factor at 3q27 normally expressed in germinal centers and in 5 - 15% of intrafollicular CD4+ T cells
  • Protects germinal center (GC) B cells against DNA damage induced apoptosis during somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination (J Exp Med 2010;207:1209)
  • Translocations help define "double hit" lymphomas (Am J Clin Pathol 2010;134:258)
  • Nuclear staining
Uses by pathologists
  • Germinal center marker (also CD10)
  • Marker for follicular lymphoma (30 - 80%) of cases, can distinguish from MALT (BCL6-)
  • Double staining of CD3 and BCL6 is helpful in appreciating follicular T helper cell immunophenotype of angioimmunoblastic T cell lymphoma (Hum Pathol 2010;41:79)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Follicular lymphoma: left - spleen (fig C)

Mantle cell lymphoma case is BCL6+ (uncommon)


Germinal center associated markers

Positive staining - normal
Positive staining - disease
Negative staining
Molecular / cytogenetics description
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