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TCRB gene rearrangements in childhood and adult precursor-B-ALL: frequency, applicability as MRD-PCR target, and stability between diagnosis and relapse.

Using the multiplex PCR tubes of the BIOMED-2 Concerted Action, TCRB gene rearrangements were detected in 35% of childhood (n=161) and adult (n=172) precursor-B-ALL patients (Vbeta-(Dbeta)-Jbeta in 25%; Dbeta-Jbeta in 15%). The presence of TCRB rearrangements showed a significant relation with age (highest frequency of 46% between 5 and 10 years of age) and the presence of TEL-AML1 transcripts, and was associated with relatively high frequencies of IGK-Kde, TCRG, and Vdelta2-Jalpha rearrangements. In 62 out of 65 patients with Southern blot-detected Vbeta-(Dbeta)-Jbeta and/or Dbeta-Jbeta rearrangements, at least one TCRB gene rearrangement was detected by PCR. Based on combined Southern blot and PCR analysis, oligoclonal TCRB gene rearrangements were observed in only 12% of patients. Analysis of paired diagnosis and relapse samples (n=26) showed that 20 out of 24 (83%) Vbeta-(Dbeta)-Jbeta rearrangements and eight out of 14 (57%) Dbeta-Jbeta rearrangements remained stable. Using real-time quantitative PCR, a quantitative range < or =10(-4) was obtained in 64% of TCRB gene rearrangements and in 86% of cases a sensitivity < or =10(-4) was obtained. In conclusion, TCRB gene rearrangements occur in 35% of precursor-B-ALL patients and are relatively stable and sensitive PCR targets for detection of minimal residual disease, particularly if this concerns complete Vbeta-(Dbeta)-Jbeta rearrangements.[1]

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  1. TCRB gene rearrangements in childhood and adult precursor-B-ALL: frequency, applicability as MRD-PCR target, and stability between diagnosis and relapse. van der Velden, V.H., Brüggemann, M., Hoogeveen, P.G., de Bie, M., Hart, P.G., Raff, T., Pfeifer, H., Lüschen, S., Szczepański, T., van Wering, E.R., Kneba, M., van Dongen, J.J. Leukemia (2004) [Pubmed]
 
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