Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia With t(2;14)(p16;q32) Involves the BCL11A and IgH Genes and Is Associated With Atypical Morphologic Features and Unmutated IgV(H) Genes

Department of Hematopathology, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Impact Factor: 2.51). 06/2009; 131(5):663-70. DOI: 10.1309/AJCPXLY46UPFLISC
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The t(2;14)(p16;q32) has been reported previously in only 12 cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). The clinicopathologic features have been incompletely described. We describe 6 new cases of CLL/SLL with t(2;14)(p16;q32). All had marrow involvement, 4 had absolute lymphocytosis, 4 had lymphadenopathy, and 3 had hepatosplenomegaly. All showed atypical lymphocyte morphologic features with plasmacytoid differentiation and irregular nuclei; 3 had increased prolymphocytes. Flow cytometry demonstrated typical immunophenotypes in 5 and an atypical immunophenotype in 1. All expressed ZAP70; 5 assessed showed unmutated IgV(H) genes. Karyotyping identified t(2;14)(p16;q32) as the sole abnormality in 1, primary abnormality in 2, and part of a complex karyotype in 3. Fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis revealed BCL11A/IgH rearrangement in all. After chemotherapy, 3 patients died of disease and 3 were alive with disease (median follow-up, 80 months). We conclude that CLL/SLL with t(2;14) (p16;q32) and BCL11A/IgH rearrangement is characterized by atypical morphologic features and unmutated IgV(H) genes.

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    • "Our data underline the fact that these chromosomal abnormalities need further characterization and may not be considered as a whole group. In the same way, Yin et al. have recently reported six cases of CLL/SLL, with a t(2;14)(p16;q32) translocation involving BCL11A and IGH genes, which have been characterized with atypical morphological features and unmutated IGHV genes [20] "
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