CD57 is a 110-kD glycoprotein that is selectively expressed on natural killer cells and a subset of follicular T helper cells. Antibodies to CD57 also stain the myelin sheaths of central and peripheral nervous system cells. In normal tonsil, CD57 will stain a minor population of lymphocytes in the germinal centers. It is immunoreactive in tumors of neuroectodermal origins such as small cell carcinoma of the lung and carcinoid tumors, and is positive in adenocarcinomas of the prostate as well as normal and hyperplastic prostatic epithelium. Increased numbers of CD57-positive T cells are present in the background of lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma.
No special preparation is needed for CD 57. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing CD 57. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.
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