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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Chromosomal imbalances in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma detected by comparative genomic hybridization.

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In contrast to many other hematological malignancies, no chromosomal abnormalities with a diagnostic or prognostic value have been identified in DLBCL. Numerical chromosomal imbalances were characterized by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) performed on 54 DLBCL tumors from a total of 40 patients. The clonal relatedness was demonstrated in 9 of 11 pairs of matched diagnostic tumors and their relapses as determined by IGH gene rearrangement analysis and/or the CGH profiles. Furthermore, immunohistochemical expression analyses of BCL2 and BCL6/LAZ3 were performed on all cases. Copy number changes were detected in 94% of the diagnostic tumor samples and in all of the relapses. Chromosomal losses in diagnostic tumors were preferentially observed at 8p22-pter (29%), 1p34-pter (26%), 6q23-qter (20%), 17p12-pter (17%) and 22q (17%), 9p23-pter (14%), whereas gains were mainly seen in Xq25-26 (43%), 13q22 (26%), 12cen-q14 (20%), 3q24-25 (11%), 7 (11%), and 18q12-21 (11%). Loss of 22q was significantly more commonly seen in the diagnostic tumor samples with more advanced clinical stage in other words, Stage III-IV compared with Stage I-II, and band 18q21 was significantly more often gained in relapses as compared to diagnostic tumors. None of the recurrent alterations were detected as a single abnormality, suggesting that other genetic lesions below the detection level of CGH may be the initiating event in the tumorigenesis of DLBCL. However, the distribution of CGH alterations support the idea of a progression of genetic events where loss of 8p and 9p and gain of 3q, 13q, and 18q would represent relatively early events because they were distributed in tumors with only two abnormalities.[1]


  1. Chromosomal imbalances in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma detected by comparative genomic hybridization. Berglund, M., Enblad, G., Flordal, E., Lui, W.O., Backlin, C., Thunberg, U., Sundström, C., Roos, G., Allander, S.V., Erlanson, M., Rosenquist, R., Larsson, C., Lagercrantz, S. Mod. Pathol. (2002) [Pubmed]
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