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Title: The chronic lymphocytic leukaemia lymph node microenvironment
Author: Cronin, Laura
ISNI:       0000 0004 5924 2178
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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The lymph node (LN) microenvironment in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) is the main site of disease progression and maintenance. Whilst isolated components of the LN niche have been studied in vitro, to date, no comprehensive architectural overview of the microenvironment has been attempted. A more holistic view is essential in order to fully understand this disease. LN CLL cells are likely to receive a complex array of survival signals from accessory cells which drive disease and protect against conventional therapeutics. This study embarked upon establishing reliable combinations of primary and secondary antibodies that permit multicolour immunohistochemistry (IHC) interrogation of the CLL LN in formalin fixed paraffin embedded samples (FFPE). This work serves to demonstrate that the architecture of the CLL microenvironment is complex, dynamic and heterogeneous and highlights the advantages multicolour IHC can present to the field for understanding the therapeutic opportunities in this disease.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QR Microbiology