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Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2008 Feb;181(1):46-51. doi: 10.1016/j.cancergencyto.2007.10.021.

Fusion of PRKG2 and SPTBN1 to the platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta gene (PDGFRB) in imatinib-responsive atypical myeloproliferative disorders.

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  • 1Leukemia/BMT Program of British Columbia, Division of Hematology, Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia, Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, Canada.


Chromosomal translocations involving the platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta gene (PDGFRB) have been reported in a subset of patients with atypical myeloproliferative disorders (MPDs). The fusion of the PDGFRB gene, which encodes a tyrosine kinase receptor, with different partner genes results in its constitutive activation. We present the cases of two patients with atypical MPD carrying t(4;5)(q21;q33) and t(2;5)(p21;q33), respectively. Fluorescence in situ hybridization demonstrated that PDGFRB was involved in both translocations. Further characterization of the 4q21 breakpoint using a bacterial artificial chromosome probe revealed PRKG2 as the likely gene partner to PDGFRB. Characterization of the 2p21 breakpoint identified a novel gene partner to PDGFRB, the SPTBN1 gene. Both patients achieved a complete molecular remission after introduction of imatinib mesylate therapy.

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