• Journal Article

Delayed-type hypersensitivity in classic Kaposi sarcoma patients and controls


Valenti, R. M., Amodio, E., Nam, J. M., Preiss, L., Graubard, B. I., Romano, N., & Goedert, J. J. (2011). Delayed-type hypersensitivity in classic Kaposi sarcoma patients and controls. British Journal of Cancer, 104(3), 433-436.


BACKGROUND: Immune perturbation likely affects the development of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) among people infected with the KS-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). We tested whether KSHV-seropositive individuals or cases of classic KS (cKS), which typically originates in the leg, had differing delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) in the forearm or leg. METHODS: Mantoux DTH with three antigens (Candida, tetanus, PPD) was performed on the forearm and leg of 15 cKS cases, 14 KSHV-positives without KS, and 15 KSHV-negative controls. The diameters of induration responses were compared by group and body site. RESULTS: Leg DTH was greater than forearm DTH among controls (mean difference 5.6 mm, P=0.0004), whereas this was not observed in cKS cases (-2.2 mm, P=0.32) or KSHV-positives (0.5 mm, P=0.56). Leg-minus-forearm DTH difference was greater in controls compared with cKS cases (P=0.004) and KSHV-positives (P=0.002). Leg-plus-forearm DTH was similar in controls (mean 28.2 mm) and cKS cases (24.5 mm, P=0.60), but it was reduced in KSHV-positives (11.8 mm, P=0.02), particularly in the leg (P=0.004) and marginally in the forearm (P=0.07). CONCLUSION: KS cases had weaker DTH only in the leg, whereas both body sites appeared weaker in KSHV-positives without KS. Both systemic and regional immune alterations may influence the development of this malignancy. British Journal of Cancer (2011) 104, 433-436. doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6606088 www.bjcancer.com Published online 18 January 2011 (C) 2011 Cancer Research UK