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Blood. 2013 Dec 12;122(25):4077-85. doi: 10.1182/blood-2013-05-506386. Epub 2013 Oct 22.

Deep sequencing of the T-cell receptor repertoire in CD8+ T-large granular lymphocyte leukemia identifies signature landscapes.

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Department of Translational Hematology and Oncology Research, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH;


New massively parallel sequencing technology enables, through deep sequencing of rearranged T-cell receptor (TCR) Vβ complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) regions, a previously inaccessible level of TCR repertoire analysis. The CDR3 repertoire diversity reflects clonal composition, the potential antigenic recognition spectrum, and the quantity of available T-cell responses. In this context, T-large granular lymphocyte (T-LGL) leukemia is a chronic clonal lymphoproliferation of cytotoxic T cells often associated with autoimmune diseases and various cytopenias. Using CD8(+) T-LGL leukemia as a model disease, we set out to evaluate and compare the TCR deep-sequencing spectra of both patients and healthy controls to better understand how TCR deep sequencing could be used in the diagnosis and monitoring of not only T-LGL leukemia but also reactive processes such as autoimmune disease and infection. Our data demonstrate, with high resolution, significantly decreased diversity of the T-cell repertoire in CD8(+) T-LGL leukemia and suggest that many T-LGL clonotypes may be private to the disease and may not be present in the general public, even at the basal level.

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