Clonal B lymphocytes lack bcr rearrangement on Ph-positive chronic myelogenous leukaemia

A. M. Ferraris, L. Canepa, C. Melani, M. Miglino, G. Broccia, G. F. Gaetani

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Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome-positive chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML) was studied in a subject heterozygous for the X chromosome-linked alloenzyme system of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD). Determination of G6PD mosaicism showed homogeneous expression in granulocytes, erythrocytes and platelets. Cytogenetic studies showed the typical Ph translocation in all metaphases from bone marrow and peripheral blood myeloid cells. bcr rearrangement was detected in bone marrow and in granulocytes. B cells were stimulated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in order to evaluate involvement of lymphocytes, EBV-transformed lymphoblastoid cells expressed a single G6PD phenotype and therefore probably derived from the leukaemic stem cell. However they had a normal karyotype and a constitutional bcr restriction pattern. Molecular analysis in this case of CML clarifies the differentiative potential of cells belonging to the leukaemic clone, by demonstrating that clonal Ph-negative B cells maintain normal differentiative capacity and have a bcr gene sequence which is not rearranged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-50
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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