Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and aberrant somatic hypermutation (SHM) have each been suggested to contribute to the development of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The incidence of PIM-1, PAX-5, RhoH/TTF, and c-MYC mutations in tumour biopsy specimens from 32 HCV-infected B-cell NHL patients was analysed to determine whether the extent of aberrant SHM among these patients differed from that previously reported for HCV-negative B-cell NHL patients. Mutation of PIM-1, PAX-5, RhoH/TTF, and c-MYC was detected in 4 (13%), 5 (16%), 4 (13%), and 4 (13%) of 32 samples, respectively. In HCV-positive B-cell NHL patients, the frequency of aberrant SHM was lower than that already found in HCV-negative B-cell NHL patients. This indicates that, unlike B-cell lymphomas from HCV-negative patients, aberrant SHM may not contribute significantly to malignant transformation in HCV-associated B-cell lymphomas.
- Aberrant SHM
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- Pathology and Forensic Medicine