CD23 is a low-affinity IgE receptor, is predominantly expressed by mature IgD-positive B lymphocytes and follicular denritic cells. The antibody BU38 will work on fixed tissue2, although staining is not considered entirely reliable in paraffin sections by all.

Immunohistochemical expression

Diagnostic utility


1 Calaminici, M., K. Piper, et al. (2004). "CD23 expression in mediastinal large B-cell lymphomas." Histopathology 45(6): 619-24.

2 Kumar S, Green GA, Teruya-Feldstein J, et al. Use of CD23 (BU38) on paraffin sections in the diagnosis of small lymphocytic lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma. Mod Pathol 1996; 9:925-9

3 Lampert IA, Wotherspoon A, Van Noorden S, et al. High expression of CD23 in the proliferation centers of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in lymph nodes and spleen. Hum Pathol 1999; 30:648-54

4 Dorfman DM,Pinkus GS Distinction between small lymphocytic and mantle cell lymphoma by immunoreactivity for CD23. Mod Pathol 1994; 7:326-31

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