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Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2007 Jan;46(1):37-44.

Chromosomal aberrations in angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma and peripheral T-cell lymphoma unspecified: A matrix-based CGH approach.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, German Consultation and Reference Center for Lymphomas, University Clinic Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany.


Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AILT) is a histopathologically well-defined entity. However, despite a number of cytogenetic studies, the genetic basis of this lymphoma entity is not clear. Moreover, there is an overlap to some cases of peripheral T-cell lymphoma unspecified (PTCL-u) in respect to morphological and genetic features. We used array-based comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) to study genetic imbalances in 39 AILT and 20 PTCL-u. Array-based CGH revealed complex genetic imbalances in both AILT and PTCL-u. Chromosomal imbalances were more frequent in PTCL-u than in AILT and gains exceeded the losses. The most recurrent changes in AILT were gains of 22q, 19, and 11p11-q14 (11q13) and losses of 13q. The most frequent changes in PTCL-u were gains of 17 (17q11-q25), 8 (involving the MYC locus at 8q24), and 22q and losses of 13q and 9 (9p21-q33). Interestingly, gains of 4q (4q28-q31 and 4q34-qtel), 8q24, and 17 were significantly more frequent in PTCL-u than in AILT. The regions 6q (6q16-q22) and 11p11 were predominantly lost in PTCL-u. Moreover, we could identify a recurrent gain of 11q13 in both AILT and PTCL-u, which has previously not been described in AILT. Trisomies 3 and 5, which have been described as typical aberrations in AILT, were identified only in a small number of cases. In conclusion, CGH revealed common genetic events in peripheral T-cell lymphomas as well as peculiar differences between AILT and PTCL-u.

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