Intracellular inclusion bodies in 14 patients with B cell lymphoproliferative disorders.
Two types of intracytoplasmic inclusion were detected by immunofluorescence microscopy in 12 patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and two patients with a leukaemic phase of well differentiated lymphocytic lymphoma. Further analysis with light- and electron microscopy, showed that most inclusion bodies were rod-like crystalline structures. However, in three patients they consisted of amorphous vesicular precipitates. Immunological studies revealed the presence of immunoglobulins of the same class and type at the cell surface as well as in the inclusion bodies. The monoclonal immunoglobulins were all of lambda type except in two cases. The origin of immunoglobulin inclusion bodies in B cell malignancies is discussed in relation to published data and our own observation in one patient followed during treatment.