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Prolactin receptor (PRLR), a type-1 cytokine receptor, is overexpressed in a number of cancer types. It has attracted much attention for putative pro-oncogenic roles, which however, remains controversial in some malignancies. In this study, we reported the localization of PRLR to the Hodgkin's and Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells of Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL), a neoplasm of predominantly B cell origin. Immunohistochemistry performed on 5-μm thick FFPE sections revealed expression of PRLR in HRS cells. Cellular immunofluorescence experiments showed that the HL-derived cell lines, Hs445, KMH2 and L428 overexpressed PRLR. The PRLR immunofluorescent signal was depleted after treating the cell lines with 10 μM of siRNA for 48 h. We also tested whether PRLR is involved in the growth of HL, in vitro. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) on cell growth data obtain from WST-1 cell proliferation assay and trypan blue exclusion assay and hemocytometry showed that siRNA-depletion of PRLR expression resulted in decreased growth in all three cell lines. These results offered only a short insight into the involvement of PRLR in HL. As a result, further investigation is required to decipher the precise role(s) of PRLR in the pathogenesis of HL.


This work was originally published in Acta Histochemica, available at



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