CD15 is expressed in granulocytes and can be expressed in malignant lymphomas and acute myeloid leukemias. The Reed-Sternberg cells of classical Hodgkin lymphoma are characteristically positive for CD15 and CD30. CD15 (3-fucosyl-N-acetyl-lactosamine) is a cluster of differentiation antigen - an immunologically significant molecule. CD15 is a carbohydrate adhesion molecule that can be expressed on glycoproteins, glycolipids and proteoglycans. Reed-Sternberg cells display a characteristic pattern of CD15 positivity, with membranous staining combined with staining of the Golgi apparatus. Immunohistochemical panels for the diagnosis of Hodgkins disease typically employ CD15 along with CD30 and CD45; the latter does not stain Reed-Sternberg cells, but does stain almost all other lymphoid cells. CD15 is also present in about 50% of adenocarcinoma cells and can be used to distinguish such conditions from mesothelioma, which is typically negative.
No special preparation is needed for CD 15. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing CD 15. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.
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