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Leukemia. 1995 May;9(5):840-7.

Identification and structural analysis of rearranged immunoglobulin heavy chain genes in lymphomas and leukemias.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Georg-August University, Goettingen, Germany.


The third complementarity determining region (CDR3) of the hypervariable domain of immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) genes represents a highly variable and clone-specific IgH-CDR3 sequences in 10 non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL), five chronic lymphocytic leukemias (CLL) and five acute lymphoblastic leukemias (ALL) of B cell lineage. The IgH-CDR3 sequences were amplified using DNA extracted from clinical specimens (bone marrow, peripheral blood and fresh-frozen or paraffin-embedded lymph nodes) by a semi-nested PCR with consensus primers directed to conserved regions within the variable (VH) and the joining (JH) gene segments. In 17/20 samples (85%), a distinct IgH-CDR3 PCR product was obtained. Individual PCR products were sequenced after cloning. The nucleotide sequences of 134 randomly chosen recombinant vectors were determined demonstrating in 17/20 cases (85%) monoclonal VH-N-DH-N-JH junctions. Analysis of PCR products by temperature-gradient gel electrophoresis (TGGE) confirmed the specificity of the IgH-CDR3 PCR/sequencing results. Moreover, the combination of PCR/TGGE technology allowed the rapid and specific characterization of clonal IgH-CDR3 junctions in B cell proliferations by direct sequencing even in the presence of admixed polyclonal B cells.

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