MYC chromosomal aberration in differential diagnosis between Burkitt and other aggressive lymphomas

Gabriella Aquino, Laura Marra, Monica Cantile, Annarosaria De Chiara, Giuseppina Liguori, Maria Pia Curcio, Rocco Sabatino, Giuseppe Pannone, Antonio Pinto, Gerardo Botti, Renato Franco

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Myc oncogenetic deregulation is abundantly described in several solid human cancer and lymphomas. Particularly, Burkitt's lymphoma belongs to the family of B Non Hodgkin aggressive lymphomas. Although it is morphologically characterized, immunophenotypic and cytogenetic diagnosis remains complex. In 2008, the WHO has introduced a new diagnostic class of aggressive B-cell lymphomas with features intermediate between BL and DLBCL. This diagnostic class represents a temporary container of aggressive B-cell lymphomas, not completely belonging to the BL and DLBCL categories. The importance of establishing a correct diagnosis would allow a better prognostic classification and a better therapeutic approach. In this review, we summarize the main diagnostic approaches necessary for appropriate diagnoses and we emphasize the importance of cytogenetic analysis of the oncogene Myc in the histopathological diagnosis and the prognostic/predictive stratification. In this contest, Myc represents the more involved gene in the development of these lymphomas. Therefore, we analyze the genetic aberrations causing its over-expression and the concomitant deregulation of molecular pathways related to it. We also propose a FISH approach useful in the diagnosis of these lymphomas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
JournalInfectious Agents and Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Aggressive non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma
  • B-cell lymphoma unclassifiable
  • Burkitt Lymphoma
  • Diffuse large B cell lymphoma
  • FISH
  • MYC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology
  • Epidemiology
  • Cancer Research


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