Mechanism of autoimmune hemolytic anemia in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.


Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a malignant clonal expansion of CD5+B lymphocytes. The CD5+B lymphocytes have been postulated to produce autoantibodies. CLL patients may demonstrate features of autoimmunity including autoimmune hemolytic anemia. However, the origin of the autoantibodies causing the hemolysis is not clear. The present studies were… (More)


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