Abnormal neutrophils in acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome

Frederick R. Davey, Wendy N. Erber, Kevin C. Gatter, David Y. Mason

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Neutrophils and band forms from patients with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome were stained for the presence of myeloperoxidase using a cytochemical method (diaminobenzidine/hydrogen peroxide) and the alkaline phosphatase-anti-alkaline phosphatase immunocytochemical procedure (using monoclonal anti-myeloperoxidase). Neutrophils and bands were also stained for elastase and lactoferrin using monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies, respectively. Subpopulations of neutrophils and bands from cases of acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplasia exhibited a qualitative and/or quantitative deficiency in myeloperoxidase. In addition, a quantitative decrease in elastase and/or lactoferrin staining was detected. Thus, neutrophils and bands from patients with acute myoloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome have a defect in one or more of the constituents of primary and/or secondary granules. These defects are consistent with the view that abnormal neutrophils and bands are derived from a malignant clone of myeloid precursor cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-459
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988
Externally publishedYes


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