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Br J Haematol. 1998 Jul;102(2):516-21.

Similar characteristics of the CDR3 of V(H)1-69/DP-10 rearrangements in normal human peripheral blood and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia B cells.

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Department of Internal Medicine and Harold C. Simmons Arthritis Research Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 75235, USA.


The variable heavy chain (V(H)) gene segment V(H)1-69/DP-10 has been shown to be over-represented in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Because of certain similar characteristics of their complementarity determining region 3 (CDR3), including preferential utilization of J(H)6 elements and an extended length, it has been suggested that antigenic stimulation might be involved in leukaemogenesis. Utilizing single-cell PCR to amplify and sequence genomic DNA from individual normal human peripheral blood B cells, we have obtained 7/421 productively and 1/69 nonproductively rearranged V(H) genes that used V(H)1-69/DP-10. All productive rearrangements were unmutated, used J(H)6 and had an average CDR3 length similar to that previously found in V(H)1-69/DP-10-expressing CLL cells. These results suggest that CLL may arise from B cells commonly found in the peripheral B-cell repertoire and do not represent expansion of a unique subset of specific antigen-reactive B cells.

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