Cell-free circulating DNA in Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas

Stefan Hohaus, M. Giachelia, G. Massini, G. Mansueto, B. Vannata, V. Bozzoli, M. Criscuolo, F. D'Alò, M. Martini, L. M. Larocca, M. T. Voso, G. Leone

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Background: Levels of cell-free circulating DNA have been correlated to clinical characteristics and prognosis in patients with cancers of epithelial origin, while there are no data on patients with B-lymphoproliferative diseases. Patients and methods: Cell-free DNA levels in the plasma samples of 142 patients with lymphomas [45 with Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL), 63 with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (DLBCL), 24 with follicular, and 10 with mantle cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL)] at diagnosis and of 41 healthy individuals were determined using a quantitative PCR for the β-globin gene. Results: Levels of circulating DNA in patients with HL, DLBCL, and mantle cell NHL were significantly higher than in controls (P <0.01 for all). Increased levels of plasma DNA were associated with advanced stage disease, presence of B-symptoms, elevated lactate dehydrogenase levels, and age >60 years (P = 0.009;

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1408-1413
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Circulating DNA
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Prognosis
  • Quantitative PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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