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Oncogene. 1991 Jul;6(7):1235-41.

Alterations at the rel locus in human lymphoma.

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Department of Neoplastic Diseases, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-1192.


The rel proto-oncogene has been mapped to chromosome region 2p11.2-14, a site associated with nonrandom rearrangements in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. We have characterized an abnormal rel mRNA from a cell line derived from a diffuse large cell lymphoma, in which the evolutionarily conserved N-terminal half of the rel coding region was fused with the C-terminal coding region of an unrelated gene. In addition, rearrangement or amplification of the rel locus was found in the lymphomatous tissue of two follicular and one diffuse large cell lymphoma. The findings suggest involvement of rel in the pathogenesis of large cell lymphoma.

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