Immunocytochemical studies, using the antibodies CAM 5.2 and NA1/34 (CD1a), were performed on normal lymphoid tissue and malignant lymphomas. A population of dendritic cells in the paracortex of lymph nodes and in T cell lymphomas reacted with both antibodies. Colocalisation with antibodies was also found in gastrointestinal epithelium. Immune blotting shows that the likely basis of this reactivity is a 12 kilodalton peptide which is recognised by both antibodies. This is almost certainly the beta t peptide which has been described as the light chain of CD1a.