The absence of CD20 messenger RNA in recurrent cutaneous B-cell lymphoma following rituximab therapy
Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
Rituximab may be associated with the emergence of CD20-negative B-cell clones, potentially rendering a tumor insensitive to this drug. Conversely, following cessation of the drug, a re-expression of CD20 within the neoplastic cells may occur allowing therapeutic intervention with this monoclonal antibody. The loss of CD20 expression appears to be a direct effect of the drug on CD20 messenger RNA synthesis.