In this study, the expression of the novel intermediate filament protein Restin in human tissues was analyzed. Restin expression was studied by immunohistochemistry using polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies. Restin was not detected in normal tissues, a range of B- and T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, and nonlymphoid tumors. However, Restin was present in Reed-Sternberg cells and variants thereof in Hodgkin's disease, with the exception of the lymphocyte-predominant, paragranuloma subtype. Restin was also highly expressed in anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (so-called Ki-1 lymphoma). As expected, Restin was also expressed in Hodgkin cell lines L428, L428KSA, Co, and KM-H2 and the anaplastic large-cell lymphoma cell line Karpas 299, which was confirmed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and Western blotting, as well as Northern blotting. The presence of Restin in both Hodgkin's disease and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma is intriguing and might indicate a role of this structural protein in the pathogenesis of both conditions.

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