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Oncogene. 1991 Sep;6(9):1569-73.

Mouse bcl-3: cDNA structure, mapping and stage-dependent expression in B lymphocytes.

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Pediatrics Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.


Human B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemias (CLLs) are malignancies of mature B lymphocytes. A subset of these tumors is associated with a non-random t(14; 19) translocation (Ueshima et al., 1985). Recently a gene (bcl-3) has been identified in the region adjacent to the chromosome 19 breakpoint in this translocation (McKeithan et al., 1987; Ohno et al., 1990). We now report the isolation of cDNA clones of mouse bcl-3. The mouse bcl-3-coding region is 1746 bp long and exhibits 80% identity with human bcl-3 at both the nucleotide and amino acid level. The bcl-3 locus maps to the proximal end of mouse chromosome 7, which is syntenic to human chromosome 19. The bcl-3 probe readily detects particularly abundant amounts of a 1.8 kb mRNA in mouse tumors consisting of follicular center mature B cells and large pre-B cells, but not in small pre-B cells. The bcl-3 pattern of expression is distinctive in the spectrum of B-cell maturation in that bcl-3 transcripts are particularly abundant in B-cell lines immortalized just prior to Ig switch. The bcl-3 pattern of expression also bears close resemblance to that of bcl-2 (Gurfinkel et al., 1987), which is frequently associated with human B follicular lymphomas [t(14; 18)] and some chronic lymphocytic leukemias (Adachi et al., 1989; 1990; Adachi & Tsujimoto, 1989).

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