Sabine Oeschger

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Giessen, Hesse, Germany

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Publications (9)64.7 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Mantle cell lymphoma is a prime example of a well-defined entity based on morphology, phenotype, genetics and also clinical features. Although most patients have an adverse clinical course, some have a better survival than others. The most consistently reported adverse prognostic parameter is a high mitotic rate. Recently, it has been shown that hypermutation in the immunoglobulin heavy-chain gene occurs in a subset of mantle cell lymphomas. It is, however, unclear whether the mutational status is stable over time within a given case, whether hypermutation might be influenced by therapy and how it is related to other relevant biological features of mantle cell lymphoma. In this study, we analyzed 23 typical mantle cell lymphoma cases with respect to mutational status and compared the results with clinicopathological and genetic data to determine whether the presence of mutation indicates a subentity with clinical or pathological relevance. We found somatic hypermutation in 26% of our cases and, interestingly, one case showed ongoing somatic hypermutation. In tumor cells of both mutated and unmutated cases, we found a preferential usage of V(H)3-21 (23%) and V(H)4-34 (19%). No significant correlations were found between mutation status and the other morphological and genetic features analyzed. In conclusion, our results provide additional evidence that mutation status in mantle cell lymphoma is better interpreted as a feature within the spectrum of disease that seems to have little clinical or pathological relevance.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2009 · Modern Pathology
  • U Henke · K Spieth · F Ziper · M Wolter · S Oeschger · A Böer · R Kaufmann

    No preview · Article · Nov 2007 · Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
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    ABSTRACT: In bone marrow trephines, morphological and immunohistochemical criteria may not be sufficient to discriminate reactive from malignant lymphoid infiltrates. The aim of this study was to determine whether the detection of clonal immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) gene rearrangements is a reliable and specific marker for malignant B-cell clones in bone marrow biopsies. Bone marrow trephines with infiltration by different types of low-grade B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (n = 32), reactive lymphoid hyperplasia (n = 18), and reactive lymphoid aggregates (n = 15), including 5 patients with rheumatoid or other autoimmune disorders, were analyzed by morphology, immunohistochemistry, IGH gene rearrangement (polymerase chain reaction), and DNA sequence analysis in selected cases. In 22 (68.8%) of 32 patients with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a clonal IGH gene rearrangement was detected. Of the reactive cases, 1 of 18 patients with lymphoid hyperplasia demonstrated clonality, and 9 (60%) of 15 patients with reactive lymphoid aggregates gave a clonal result (GeneScan analysis). DNA sequence analysis was performed in 7 of the latter patients confirming clonality in 6. Four of the patients with B-cell clonality had an autoimmune disorder. None of these patients developed a malignant lymphoma during follow-up. Thus, the molecular detection of a clonal rearrangement of the IGH gene may support the diagnosis of a malignant lymphoma infiltrating the bone marrow. However, morphologically and immunohistochemically benign lymphoid aggregates might also harbor B-cell clones especially in patients with autoimmune disorders. Therefore, the detection of clonality has to be interpreted with utmost care and does not qualify for the unequivocal diagnosis of a malignant B-cell lymphoma.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2007 · Human Pathlogy
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    ABSTRACT: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assessment of clonal T-cell receptor (TCR) and immunoglobulin (Ig) gene rearrangements is an important diagnostic tool in mature T-cell neoplasms. However, lack of standardized primers and PCR protocols has hampered comparability of data in previous clonality studies. To obtain reference values for Ig/TCR rearrangement patterns, 19 European laboratories investigated 188 T-cell malignancies belonging to five World Health Organization-defined entities. The TCR/Ig spectrum of each sample was analyzed in duplicate in two different laboratories using the standardized BIOMED-2 PCR multiplex tubes accompanied by international pathology panel review. TCR clonality was detected in 99% (143/145) of all definite cases of T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia, T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia, peripheral T-cell lymphoma (unspecified) and angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AILT), whereas nine of 43 anaplastic large cell lymphomas did not show clonal TCR rearrangements. Combined use of TCRB and TCRG genes revealed two or more clonal signals in 95% of all TCR clonal cases. Ig clonality was mostly restricted to AILT. Our study indicates that the BIOMED-2 multiplex PCR tubes provide a powerful strategy for clonality assessment in T-cell malignancies assisting the firm diagnosis of T-cell neoplasms. The detected TCR gene rearrangements can also be used as PCR targets for monitoring of minimal residual disease.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2007 · Leukemia
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    ABSTRACT: Gastric mucosa associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma is a well defined B cell lymphoma yet often impossible to distinguish from severe chronic gastritis on morphological grounds alone. Therefore, it was suggested to use the clonality of the immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy chain (H) genes, as detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), as a decisive criterion. However, there is controversy as to whether B cell clonality also exists in chronic gastritis, hence rendering this approach futile at present. An expert panel re-examined the histology and immunohistochemistry of a total of 97 cases of gastric biopsies, including clearcut marginal zone lymphoma, chronic gastritis, and ambiguous cases, applying the Wotherspoon criteria on the basis of haematoxylin-eosin and CD20 immunostainings. In addition, a new and advanced PCR system for detection of clonal IgH gene rearrangements was independently applied in two institutions in each case. The overall IgH clonality assessments of both institutions were in total agreement. Overt lymphoma (Wotherspoon score 5) was clonal in 24/26 cases. Chronic gastritis (Wotherspoon scores 1 and 2) was not clonal in 52/53 cases; the clonal case being Wotherspoon score 2. Of 18 cases with ambiguous histology (Wotherspoon scores 3 and 4) four were clonal. Using advanced PCR technology, clonal gastritis is extremely rare, if it exists at all. Thus B cell clonality in Wotherspoon 3 and 4 cases is regarded as suitable for definitively diagnosing gastric marginal zone lymphoma.
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    ABSTRACT: Nodular lymphoid lesion (NLL) of the liver is a rare but unique entity and has also been termed reactive lymphoid hyperplasia of the liver. We describe the histological, immunohistochemical and molecular biologic findings of a case with NLL and two other tumors of the liver. The nodular lymphoid mass found in the liver was composed of heterogeneous small lymphocytes forming reactive follicles. Plasma cells, few immunoblasts, centroblasts, few macrophages, epithelioid cells, and giant cells were seen. The lymphoid infiltrate displaced the adjacent hepatic parenchyma. By immunohistochemistry and molecular studies, the lymphocytes were found to be polyclonal. The diagnosis of NLL was made. In addition to NLL, focal nodular hyperplasia and hemangioma were detected. The discrimination of NLL from primary hepatic malignant non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue-type may pose diagnostic difficulties and may require the use of immunohistochemical and molecular techniques. The simultaneous occurrence of NLL with focal nodular hyperplasia and hemangioma in the liver has not been described before.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2006 · Archiv für Pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für Klinische Medicin

  • No preview · Article · Jul 2005 · British Journal of Dermatology
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    ABSTRACT: The derivation of follicular lymphomas (FLs) from germinal centers is not only supported by their morphologic appearance with a nodular growth pattern and a germinal center-like cellular composition, but also by the presence of ongoing somatic hypermutation (a germinal center B cell-specific process) during their clonal expansion. The intraclonal sequence diversity of the tumor cells and their follicular growth pattern allows one to analyze lymphoma cell dissemination and the way the tumor "metastasizes" to distinct follicles. In the present study, we analyzed individual follicles of 3 FLs by micromanipulation of single cells from individual lymphoma follicles and amplification of immunoglobulin V region genes. Genealogical trees for the V(H) and the V(L) gene rearrangements were constructed to analyze the clonal relationship among individual cells of 3 distinct follicles of each case. In all 3 cases there is evidence that distinct tumor follicles are founded by many tumor cells, suggesting that there is extensive migration of the tumor cells among follicles. The observation that the tumor cells of FLs retain their follicular growth patterns despite this cellular migration supports the idea that they depend on the follicular microenvironment for their clonal expansion.
    Preview · Article · Apr 2002 · Blood
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    No preview · Article · Mar 2002 · Blood

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290 Citations
64.70 Total Impact Points


  • 2007-2009
    • Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
      • Institut für Veterinär-Pathologie
      Giessen, Hesse, Germany
  • 2002-2007
    • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
      • • Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Allergology
      • • Senckenbergisches Institut für Pathologie
      Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
  • 2006
    • Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
      • Institute of Pathology
      Berlín, Berlin, Germany