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Haematologica. 2010 Jan;95(1):158-62. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2009.007526. Epub 2009 Jul 7.

Frequency and clinical relevance of DNA microsatellite alterations of the CDKN2A/B, ATM and p53 gene loci: a comparison between pediatric precursor T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany.


Although deletions of cell cycle regulatory gene loci have long been reported in various malignancies, little is known regarding their relevance in pediatric T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma (T-LBL) and T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia (TALL). The current study focused on loss of heterozygosity (LOH) analyses of the CDKN2A/B (chromosome 9p), ATM (chromosome 11q) and p53 (chromosome 17p) gene loci. Frequencies of LOH were compared in 113 pediatric T-LBL and 125 T-ALL who were treated uniformly according to ALL-BFM strategies. Furthermore, LOH findings were correlated with clinical characteristics and tested for their prognostic relevance. LOH at 9p was detected in 47% of T-LBL and 51% of T-ALL, and was associated with male gender in both. In T-ALL, LOH at 9p was associated with favorable initial treatment response. A tendency for favorable event-free-survival was observed in LOH 9p positive T-LBL. The frequency of LOH at chromosomes 11q and 17p was 5% or less for both diseases.

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