Immunophenotypic and gene expression analysis of monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis shows biologic characteristics associated with good prognosis CLL

M. C. Lanasa, S. D. Allgood, Susan L Slager, S. S. Dave, C. Love, G. E. Marti, Neil Elliot Kay, C. A. Hanson, K. G. Rabe, S. J. Achenbach, L. R. Goldin, N. J. Camp, B. K. Goodman, Celine M Vachon, L. G. Spector, L. Z. Rassenti, J. F. Leis, J. P. Gockerman, S. S. Strom, T. G. CallM. Glenn, James R Cerhan, M. C. Levesque, J. B. Weinberg, N. E. Caporaso

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Abstract

Monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL) is a hematologic condition wherein small B-cell clones can be detected in the blood of asymptomatic individuals. Most MBL have an immunophenotype similar to chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and CLL-like MBL is a precursor to CLL. We used flow cytometry to identify MBL from unaffected members of CLL kindreds. We identified 101 MBL cases from 622 study subjects; of these, 82 individuals with MBL were further characterized. In all, 91 unique MBL clones were detected: 73 CLL-like MBL (CD5+ CD20dim sIgdim), 11 atypical MBL (CD5+ CD20+ sIg+) and 7 CD5neg MBL (CD5neg CD20+ sIgneg). Extended immunophenotypic characterization of these MBL subtypes was performed, and significant differences in cell surface expression of CD23, CD49d, CD79b and FMC-7 were observed among the groups. Markers of risk in CLL such as CD38, ZAP70 and CD49d were infrequently expressed in CLL-like MBL, but were expressed in the majority of atypical MBL. Interphase cytogenetics was performed in 35 MBL cases, and del 13q14 was most common (22/30 CLL-like MBL cases). Gene expression analysis using oligonucleotide arrays was performed on seven CLL-like MBL, and showed activation of B-cell receptor associated pathways. Our findings underscore the diversity of MBL subtypes and further clarify the relationship between MBL and other lymphoproliferative disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1459-1466
Number of pages8
JournalLeukemia
Volume25
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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Keywords

  • B-cell immunology
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • gene expression profiling
  • immunophenotype
  • monoclonal B lymphocytosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Cancer Research
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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Lanasa, M. C., Allgood, S. D., Slager, S. L., Dave, S. S., Love, C., Marti, G. E., Kay, N. E., Hanson, C. A., Rabe, K. G., Achenbach, S. J., Goldin, L. R., Camp, N. J., Goodman, B. K., Vachon, C. M., Spector, L. G., Rassenti, L. Z., Leis, J. F., Gockerman, J. P., Strom, S. S., ... Caporaso, N. E. (2011). Immunophenotypic and gene expression analysis of monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis shows biologic characteristics associated with good prognosis CLL. Leukemia, 25(9), 1459-1466. https://doi.org/10.1038/leu.2011.117