Immunologic aspects of monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL) is a preclinical hematologic condition wherein small numbers of clonal B cells can be detected in the blood of otherwise healthy individuals. Most MBL have a surface immunophenotype nearly identical to that of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), though other phenotypes can also be identified. MBL has been shown to be a precursor state for CLL, but most MBL clones are quite small and apparently have minimal potential to progress of CLL or other B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder (B-LPD). The investigation of MBL as a precursor state for CLL will likely lead to important insights into mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. The review will cover clinical and translational aspects of MBL, with a particular emphasis on the prevalence of MBL; the relationship between MBL, CLL, and other B-LPDs; and the capacity of MBL to modulate the normal B- and T-cell compartments.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lanasa, MC; Weinberg, JB

Published Date

  • April 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 1-3

Start / End Page

  • 269 - 280

PubMed ID

  • 21161696

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4102133

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1559-0755

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12026-010-8188-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States