Association between natural killer cells and regression in melanocytic lesions☆

Publication year: 2011
Source: Human Pathology, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Kristopher, McKay , Page C., Moore , Bruce R., Smoller , Kim M., Hiatt

Mortality from melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers, continues to increase in all age groups. A small number of melanomas spontaneously regress. In vitro studies suggest a role for the natural killer cell in effecting regression. In this study, the goal was to determine if natural killer cells are preferentially involved in the cytotoxic response in regressing lesions. Forty-two cases were selected: nevi with regression, nonregressing melanoma with brisk inflammation, and regressing melanoma. Sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin and immunostained for CD8, CD56, and T-cell intracytoplasmic antigen 1. Numbers of total lymphocytes, CD8-positive lymphocytes, and T-cell intracytoplasmic antigen…