BOB.1 is a transcription factor that is required for germinal centre formation and immunoglobulin production. It acts as a co-activator with OCT2.

Immunohistochemical expression

Diagnostic utility

Along with OCT2 to distinguish nodular lymphocyte predominance from classical Hodgkin lymphoma, both being down-regulated in the latter.


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