International Journal of Hematology

, Volume 75, Issue 3, pp 309–313 | Cite as

Acute Basophilic Leukemia Lacking Basophil-Specific Antigens: The Importance of Cytokine Receptor Expression in Differential Diagnosis

  • Akihiko Yokohama
  • Norifumi Tsukamoto
  • Nahoko Hatsumi
  • Miwa Suto
  • Tohru Akiba
  • Hideki Uchiumi
  • Tadashi Maehara
  • Takafumi Matsushima
  • Masamitsu Karasawa
  • Hirokazu Murakami
  • Shougo Shinonome
  • Hirohisa Saito
  • Yoshihisa Nojima
Case Report


De novo acute basophilic leukemia (ABL) is a rare form of myeloid leukemia. The low prevalence of ABL makes it difficult to define its clinical characteristics and to establish an effective therapeutic protocol. We present here a case of de novo ABL in a 64-year-old Japanese man. The diagnosis of ABL depended on the following: (1) metachromasia with toluidine blue stain, (2) intracytoplasmic theta granules identified by electron microscopy, and (3) findings obtained from extensive immunophenotypic analysis. Although blast cells lacked basophil-specific antigens such as CDw17, CD88, and FcεRI, an expression profile of cytokine receptors including CD116 (GM-CSF receptor), CD117 (c-kit), and CD123 (IL-3 receptor α) helped to define the cellular lineage in our case. The patient achieved complete remission with intensive chemotherapy composed of idarubicin and cytosine arabinoside and was disease free during the following 30 months. We propose that immunophenotyping, especially focusing on cytokine receptors, is useful in diagnosing ABL.

Key words

Acute basophilic leukemia CD116 CD117 CD123 Chemotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akihiko Yokohama
    • 1
  • Norifumi Tsukamoto
    • 1
  • Nahoko Hatsumi
    • 1
  • Miwa Suto
    • 1
  • Tohru Akiba
    • 1
  • Hideki Uchiumi
    • 1
  • Tadashi Maehara
    • 1
  • Takafumi Matsushima
    • 1
  • Masamitsu Karasawa
    • 2
  • Hirokazu Murakami
    • 3
  • Shougo Shinonome
    • 4
  • Hirohisa Saito
    • 5
  • Yoshihisa Nojima
    • 1
  1. 1.Third Department of Internal MedicineGunma University, School of MedicineGunma
  2. 2.Transfusion ServiceGunma UniversityGunma
  3. 3.School of Health Science, Faculty of MedicineGunma UniversityGunma
  4. 4.Fujioka General HospitalFujioka, Gunma
  5. 5.Department of Allergy and the Department of Experimental SurgeryNational Children’s Medical Research CenterTokyoJapan

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