Molecular heterogeneity of B-lineage diffuse large cell lymphoma

Gisella Volpe, Umberto Vitolo, Antonino Carbone, Cristina Pastore, Marilena Bertini, Barbara Botto, Ernesta Audisio, Roberto Freilone, Domenico Novero, Susanna Cappia, Paolo De Giuli, Umberto Mazza, Luigi Resegotti, Giorgio Palestro, Giuseppe Saglio, Gianluca Gaidano

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B-lineage diffuse large cell lymphoma (B-DLCL) arising de novo is characterized by a marked degree of clinical heterogeneity. To determine whether or not the clinical heterogeneity of de novo B-DLCL is reflected by heterogeneity in the molecular features of these tumors, we investigated the pattern of distribution of several genetic lesions in 70 cases of de novo B- DLCL at diagnosis. The panel of genetic lesions tested comprised the molecular alterations most frequently detected in B-DLCL, including rearrangements of BCL2, BCL6, and MYC as well as deletions of 6q and mutations of TP53. One or more genetic lesions were detected in 39/70 cases of B-DLCL. Isolated structural alterations of BCL2, BCL6, 6q or TP53 were detected in 8/70, 10/70, 11/70, and 3/70 cases, respectively. No isolated MYC lesions were detected. Six cases carried different combinations of two genetic lesions, including lesions of BCL2 + BCL6 (1 case). BCL2 + MYC (1 case), BCL2 + 6q (2 cases), or BCL6 + 6q (2 cases). One case had accumulated three genetic lesions, namely a rearrangement of BCL2 and BCL6 and a mutation of TP53. Overall, these data show that multiple distinct patterns of genetic lesions may associate with de novo B-DLCL, indicating that the molecular pathogenesis of this group of lymphomas is characterized by a high degree of molecular heterogeneity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalGenes Chromosomes and Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics


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