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Oncotarget. 2017 Jul 24;8(41):71234-71248. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.19525. eCollection 2017 Sep 19.

Next-generation sequencing in chronic lymphocytic leukemia: recent findings and new horizons.

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Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
IBSAL, IBMCC, Centro de Investigación del Cáncer, Universidad de Salamanca, CSIC, Hospital Universitario de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.
Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
Department of Internal Medicine - Hematology and Oncology, Medical Faculty MU and University Hospital, Brno, Czech Republic.
Hematology Department, Hospital Universitario, Salamanca, Spain.
Department of Medicine, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.


The rapid progress in next-generation sequencing technologies has significantly contributed to our knowledge of the genetic events associated with the development, progression and treatment resistance of chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients. Together with the discovery of new driver mutations, next-generation sequencing has revealed an immense degree of both intra- and inter-tumor heterogeneity and enabled us to describe marked clonal evolution. Advances in immunogenetics may be implemented to detect minimal residual disease more sensitively and to track clonal B cell populations, their dynamics and molecular characteristics. The interpretation of these aspects is indispensable to thoroughly examine the genetic background of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. We review and discuss the recent results provided by the different next-generation sequencing techniques used in studying the chronic lymphocytic leukemia genome, as well as future perspectives in the methodologies and applications.


CLL prognosis; chronic lymphocytic leukemia; clonal evolution; immunogenetics; next-generation sequencing

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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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