bcr Rearrangements in philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A study of five chinese patients in Taiwan

Ming Tseh Lin, Hwei Fang Tien, Chiu Hwa Wang, Yao Chang Chen, Dong Tsamn Lin, Kai Hsin Lin

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Abstract

Cytogenetic studies were successfully conducted on 73 Chinese patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A Philadelphia chromosome (Ph) was identified in four (9%) of the 46 children and in four (15%) of the 27 adults. None of these patients had any clinical features suggestive of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Leukemic cells from five of the eight Ph-positive (Ph+) ALL patients were analyzed for bcr rearrangement by Southern blot analysis with three restriction enzymes and two bcr probes. One of the three children and both adult patients studied showed bcr rearrangement. Based on the data from the literature and the present study, 58% of adult and 14% cf childhood Ph+ ALL patients demonstrated bcr rearrangement. There were no significant differences in clinical or laboratory findings between the two groups of patients with or without bcr rearrangement. Patients who had Ph+ ALL but no bcr rearrangement appear to have been victims of de novo acute leukemia, but it was still difficult to determine whether patients with bcr rearrangement had acute lymphoid transformation of subclinical CML. More studies and longer follow-ups are needed for clarification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Genetics and Cytogenetics
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research

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