CD4 mononuclear cell infiltrates and Fas/Fas ligand positive mammary gland cells in breast tissue from a patient with Sjogren's syndrome

Moises R. Attias, Liping Kong, Maria Tortolero, Biagio G. Maccarone, Toru Nakabayashi, Norman Talal, Howard Dang

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Abstract

We describe a 49-year-old patient with lip biopsy proven Sjogren's syndrome (SS) and keratoconjunctivitis sicca, who had dental caries, xerostomia, recurrent upper respiratory tract infections, arthritis in her hands, elbows and knees, and recurrent parotid inflammation. She developed bilateral breast nodules in 1988. Right breast nodules were excised in 1993 and 1995, but reappeared in 1996, requiring 2 more excisions. Breast tissue samples showed remarkable intralobular and perilobular mononuclear cell infiltrates that were predominantly CD4+ T cells and expressed bcl-2. A few cells stained CD20+ and CD8+. SS breast glandular epithelial cells stained more intensely for Fas compared to normal cells. CD4+ T cells and Fas mediated cell death may be involved in the mammary gland lesions in SS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1226-1231
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Volume25
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1998

Keywords

  • Breast nodules
  • CD4
  • Exocrine glands
  • Fas ligand
  • Lymphocyte infiltrates
  • Sjogren's syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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