Printer Friendly

Molecular evaluation of t(14;18)(bcl-2/IgH) translocation in follicular lymphoma at diagnosis using paraffin-embedded tissue sections / Folikuler Lenfoma Tanismda Parafine-Gomulu Dokular Kul1anilarak t(14;18)(bc1-2/IgH) Trans1okasyonun Molekuler Yontemler ile Degerlendirilmesi.


Objective: Follicular lymphoma (FL) is one of the most common lymphomas, and is characterized by 01418) (q32;q21) in more than 80% of patients. The aim of this study was to determine the rate of t(14;18) positivity based on the detection of mbr or mcr in paraffin-embedded tissue samples.

Material and Methods: The study included 32 paraffin-embedded tissue samples collected from 32 consecutive FL patients that were diagnosed and followed-up at our hospital between 1999 and 2006. The MBR breakpoint was identified based on real-time PCR using a LightCycler v.2.0 t(14;18) Quantification Kit (MBR), multiplex PCR, and semi-nested PCR. To identify the mcr breakpoint, real-time PCR was performed using specific primers and the FastStart DNA Master SYBR Green I Kit. To detect t(14;18) via fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) nuclei from paraffin-embedded tissue sections were extracted and used together with LSI IgH (immunoglobulin heavy chain) (spectrum green)/bc1-2 (B-cell leukemia-lymphoma 2) (spectrum orange) probes.

Results: The DNA and nuclei isolation success rate for B5 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections (n = 12) was 42% and 33%, respectively, versus 95% and 60%, respectively, for 20 tissue sections fixed in formalin only. In all, 24 paraffin-embedded tissue sections were analyzed and mbr positivity was observed in the DNA of 82.14% via semi-nested PCR, in 53.57% via multiplex PCR, and in 28.57% via real-time PCR. We did not detect mcr rearrangement in any of the samples. In all, 15 of 16 patients (93.75%) whose nuclei were successfully isolated were observed to be 014;18) positive via the FISH method.

Conclusion: Semi-nested PCR and FISH facilitated the genetic characterization of FL tumors. As such, FISH and PCR complement each other and are both essential for detecting t(14;18) translocation.

Key Words: Follicular lymphoma, FISH, Multiplex PCR, Semi-nested PCR


Amac: Folikuler lenfoma, lenfomalarda siklikla gorulur ve hastalarin %80 inden fazlasi t(14;18) (q32;q21) translokasyonu ile karekterizedir. Bu calismada; 32 adet parafine gomulu doku orneginde t(14;18) translokasyonunun tespiti icin MBR ve mcr pozitifligi degerlendirildi.

Gerec ve Yontemler: MBR kirilma noktasi LightCycler t(14;18) Quantification Kit (MBR) ile gercek zamanli PCR, multiplex PCR, and semi-nested PCR yontemleri kullamlarak arastiri1di. mcr kirilma bolgesi spesifik primerler' kullanilarak; Fast Start DNA Master SYBR Green I kiti kullanilarak gercek-zamanli bir cihazi olan LightCycler' da degerlendirildi. t(14;18) (q32;q21) translokasyonunun floresans in situ hibridizasyon (FISH) yontemi ile tespit edikbilmesi icin; parafine-gomulu doku orneklerinden nukleus izolasyonu yapildi ve ornekler IgH/bc1-2 dual color, dual fusion translokasyon probu ile inkube edildi.

Bulgular: B5- Formalin ile fikse edilen parafine-gomulu 12 adet doku orneginde DNA ve nukleus izolasyonununda sirastyla % 42 ve %33 basari elde edilirken, formalinle fikse edilen 20 adet doku orneginde bu basan sirasiyla % 95 ye % 60 e kadar yukse1mistir. DNA izolasyonu basanrili olan 24 adet parafine-gomulu doku orneginde; MBR pozitifligi % 82.14 basari gosterirken, multipleks PCR sonuclarina gore basari orani % 53.57 ve gercek-zamanli PCR ile % 28.57 olarak bulunmustur.MBR negatif orneklerde mcr yeniden duzenlenmesi calisilmis pozitif sonuc elde eclilmemistir. Nukleus izolasyonu basarili olan 16 Ornegin 15 hide (% 93.75) t(14;18) (q32;21) translokasyonu FISH yontemi ile pozitif olarak bulunmustur.

Sonuc: Sonuc olarak semi nested PCR ye FISH yontemleri tumorun genetik karekterizasyonunun aydinlatilmasi icin kullanilabilecek iki fonksiyonel molekuler metoddur. Bu nedenle FISH ve PCR yontemlerinin birbirini tamamladtgi ve t(14;18) translokasyonunun tespitinde oldukca oneinli birer parametre oldugu dusunulmektedir.

Anahtar Sozukler: Folikuler lenfoma, FISH, Multiplex PCR, Semi-nested PCR


The t(14;18) (q32;q21) chromosomal translocation is observed in approximately 80% of all follicular lymphoma (FL) patients. FL, a sub-type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), occurs in about 13% of the Indian population, versus 40% of western populations. This translocation juxtaposes the immunoglobulin heavy chain enhancer region (IgH E[micro]) at 14q32 with the bc1-2 (B-cell leukemia-lymphoma 2) oncogene at 18q21 (1). As a result of this translocation, there is an overexpression of the bc1-2 gene, which codes for the bc1-2 protein (2). This protein blocks apoptosis and cell death, and its overexpression is considered an important factor related to multiple drug resistance and lack of response to chemotherapy (3). The IgH/bc1-2 rearrangement can be detected via southern blotting--a laborious procedure--or by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which is a very sensitive technique, especially for the detection of minimal residual disease (MRD) (4).

PCR can detect 1 circulating lymphoid cell carrying the t(14;18) translocation from among 1 x [10.sup.5]-1 x [10.sup.6] normal cells, making it possible to detect MRD in the bone marrow or peripheral blood of FL patients (5) as a means of monitoring their response to chemotherapy (associated or not to monoclonal antibody anti-CD-20), and to allogeneic or autologous stem cell transplantation (6). At the molecular level, breakpoints on chromosome 14 occur within the joining region genes (JH) of the 101 Most breakpoints on chromosome 18 are clustered within a 150-base pair (bp) segment at the 3' untranslated end of exon 3 of bc1-2, designated as the major breakpoint region (MBR) (7). Additional breakpoints are described in 30 kb 3' of the MBR in the minor cluster region (mcr). A third breakpoint cluster region--the 5'-bc1-2 or variant cluster region--exists on 5' or the bc1-2 gene (8).

Detection of IgH/bc1-2 fusion in FL is clinically important for establishing a diagnosis and monitoring disease progression. The aim of the present study was to compare the efficacy of PCR and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in detecting the t(14;18) (q32;q21)-IgH/bc1-2 rearrangement in paraffin-embedded tissue samples.

Methods and Materials

The study included 32 paraffin-embedded tissue samples collected from. 32 consecutive FL patients that were diagnosed and followed-up at our hospital between 1999 and 2006. The FL group included 19 -female (55.88%) and 13 mate (44.12%) FL patient with a mean age of 58 [+ or -] 06 years (range: 32-78 years). The control group included. paraffin-embedded tissue samples obtained from the tonsils of 17 healthy volunteers (mean age: 42.35 [+ or -] 24.75 years).

DNA extraction from paraffin-embedded tissues

Sections 25-50 [micro]m thick were obtained from paraffin block samples. Following xylene treatment at 60 [degrees]C for 15 min, pellets were incubated for 10 min in a 50% xylene-50% ethanol mixture, and then in 100%, 70%, and 50% ethanol serials. Then, 200 [micro]L of digestion buffer and 40 [micro]L of proteinase K were added to the tissue pellets, followed by overnight incubation at 37 [degrees]C. Next, the pellets were incubated for 2 h at 55 [degrees]C with 20 [micro]L of proteinase K. Following incubation for 10 min at 70 [degrees]C with 200 [micro]L of binding buffer, the mixture was transferred into collection tubes. With the addition of isopropanol the protein contents were eliminated from the nucleic acids. Following 2 washing steps, genomic DNA was dissolved in 100 [micro]L of elution buffer that was warmed to 70 [degrees]C in advance. A NanoDrop spectrophotometer was used to measure DNA concentrations ranging from 12.4 to 441 [[micro]L.sup.-1]

LightCycler t(14;18) Quantification Kit (MBR)

A 200-bp fragment of the t(14;18) translocation resulting from MBR breakpoints was amplified via PCR using specific primers. The amplicon was detected via fluorescence using a specific pair of hybridization probes that consisted of 2 different short oligonucleotides that hybridize to an internal sequence of the amplified fragment during the annealing phase of the amplification cycle. One probe was labeled at the 5' end with LightCycler RED 640, and to avoid extension, was modified at the 3'-end by phosphorylation. The other probe was labeled at the 3' end with fluorescein. Only after hybridization to the template DNA did the 2 probes come into close proximity, resulting in fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the 2 fluorophores. During FRET, fluorescein--the donor fluorophore--was excited by the Light. Cycler's light source, and some of the excitation energy was transferred to LightCycler Red 640, and then measured via the LightCycler instrument. Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) was processed as a reference gene. The kit utilized the "hot start" method using FastStart Tact polymerase, which facilitates detection of 1 t(14;18) translocation-positive cell from among 5 x [10.sup.4]-1 x [10.sup.5] peripheral blood mononuclear cells in less then 60 min.

MBR rearrangement analysis using multiplex PCR

All 26 DNA samples were tested for the IgH/bc1-2 rearrangement using a multiplex PCR protocol, and specific primers for the MBR and jH consensus regions (Table 1), as previously described (21). Primer sequences and PCR conditions were based on previously described protocols optimized for genomic DNA, and were nearly identical to those used in recent studies (13), (14). PCR products were obtained in positive cases via MBR determinations ranging from approximately 100-275 bp. in addition, PCR sensitivity was documented by running positive control DNA samples (MBR control, Roche Diagnostics, Germany).
Table 1: Multiplex PCR primers used for detecting IgH/bcl-2

Gene Region  Sequence (5' to 3')            Orientation  Reference

MBR          TTA GAG AGT TGC TTT ACG TG     F            Crescenci
                                                         et al. (9)

JH           ACC TGA GGA GAC GGT GAC        R            Williams
                                                         et al. (11)

mcr          GAC TCC TTT ACG TGC TGG TAC C  F            Ngan e
                                                         al. (10)

B-glohin 1A  GTA CGG CTG TCA TCA CTT AGA C  F            In-house

B-globin lB  AAA CCC AAG AGT CTT CTC TGT C  R            In-house

MBR: Major breakpoint region: mcr: minor cluster:  region: F:
forward: R: reverse.

In the present study paraffin-extracted DNA from lymphoid tissue samples fixed in formalin and B5-formalin were evaluated for MBR rearrangement via multiplex PCR. The MBR determinations were analyzed in duplicate, with the first PCR run containing only the specific primers, and the second PCR run containing a multiplex of specific primers and control primers for the [beta]-globulin gene. The [beta]-globulin gene control product (350 bp) was used in this assay to determine the quality of the DNA and PCR conditions. The 25-[micro]L PCR reactions contained the following reagents; lx PCR buffer, 200 [micro]mol [L.sup.-1] of deoxynucleo-side triphosphate (dNTP), 15 pmol MBR primer, 15 pmol jH primer, 2 pmol control primers, 1.25 U Taq gold, 2.0 mmol [L.sup.-1] of [MgCl.sub.2], and 100 ng of paraffin-extracted DNA. Amplification conditions for the MBR reactions were 10 min at 95 [degrees]C (hot start), 35 cycles at 94 [degrees]C for 1 min, 60 [degrees]C for 1 mm, and 72 [degrees]C for 1 min; the final step was final extension at 72 [degrees]C for 10 min, followed by hold at 4 [degrees]C. All PCR reactions were performed in a Genius thermocycler. Figure 1 shows a representative PCR gel image.


Detection of MBR rearrangement in paraffin-embedded tissue (semi-nested PCR)

Paraffin-embedded tissue samples were analyzed for the presence of MBR rearrangement via different semi-nested PCR reactions. Each reaction utilized sense primers. We have combined the techniques which are described in two studies by Gisele et al and EMerson et al (2), (21) The list of used primers is given in Table 2. PCR reactions were conducted in duplicate in a Genius thermocycler. First we used multiplex PCR reactions and the second PCR reaction contained 2.5 pl. of the first PCR product for each 25-[micro]L reaction, lx Tag polymerase buffer, 200 [micro]mol dNTP, 15 pmol internal MBR and external .11-1 (2), and 1.5 U Taq polymerase, with denaturation at 94 [degrees]C for 45 s, annealing at 66 [degrees]C for 45 s, extension at 72 [degrees]C for 30 s, and a final extension at 72 [degrees]C for 5 mm. PCR results are shown in Figure 2.

Table 2: Semi-neswd PCR primers used for detecting MBR

Gene Region   Sequence (5' to 3')         Orientation  Reference

External MBR  TTA GAG AGT TGC TTT ACG TG  F            Crescenci
                                                       et a. (9)

JH            ACC TGA GGA GAC GGT GAC     R            Williams
                                                       et al. (11)

Internal MBR  AGT TGC TTT ACG TGG CCT GT  F            Gisele et
                                                       al. (2)

MBR: Major breakpoint region; F: forward: R: reverse.

Detection of mcr rearrangement

The LightCycler FastStart DNA Master SYBR Green 1 Kit was used to detect mcr rearrangement. In combination with the Light. Cycler system and suitable primers, the kit facilitates highly sensitive detection and quantification of defined DNA sequences. The present study used mcr forward and Jh reverse primers (2), and modified kit procedures were employed. The list of primers is shown in Table 1.

PCR was performed according to the SYBR Green I Kit protocol. PCR products were visualized under UV light on 2% agarose gel and stained with ethidium bromide. The mcr rearrangement product ranged from 600 to 700 bp. The positive control used for the mcr rearrangement was produced by InVivoScribe (Carlsbad, Ca, USA).

Detection of t(14;18) translocation via FISH

FISH is difficult to perform using thin sections of paraffin-embedded lymphoid tissues because of high cellularity and truncated cells interfere with accurate scoring of individual nuclei. We used Peterson et al.'s method (15) and an Insitus Biotechnologies kit for nuclei isolation; for this purpose 25-50-[micro] thick paraffin-embedded tissue samples were collected into microcentrifuge tubes.

Extraction of the nuclei

Paraffin was dissolved in xylene at room temperature for 30 min, at 60 [degrees]C with two 10-min changes of xylene (200 [micro]L each) in the microcentrifuge tubes. Each tissue pellet was dehydrated in 1.00% and then in 50% ethanol for 5 min each. Enzymatic digestion was then performed with proteinase K (0.005%) in a collagenase solution. The specimen was incubated at 37 [degrees]C for overnight.

Nuclei were pelleted using microcentrifuge tubes at 6000 rpm for 5 min. For high-quality nuclei isolation, we used the Insitus Biotechnologies kit, which was designed for paraffin-embedded tissue slides and bifunctional skip dewax. Nuclei were resuspended in 200 [micro]L of fixative (3 parts methanol and 1 part glacial acetic acid). Nuclei suspensions were stored at -20 [degrees]C.

FISH probe and slide preparation

One drop of fixed nuclei suspension was placed on slides and air-dried. Slides were incubated at 37 [degrees]C in 2x SSC solution for 30 min. Slides were then washed twice in bidistilled water, and then dehydrated with 70%, 85%, and 100% ethanol for 2 min. each. Probe mixture (7 [micro]L of hybridization buffer/1 [micro]L of probe [IgH/bc12 dual t(l.4.,18)112 [micro]L of purified water) was added to each slide and a 22 x 22-mm cover slip was placed over each hybridization site and sealed with rubber cement. The slides and probe were co-denatured in a Vysis Hybrite set at a melting temperature of 73 [degrees]C and melting time of 5 min, followed by hybridization at

37 [degrees]C for 16-2011. Cover slips were removed and slides were washed for 5 min in 0.4x SSC/NP40 at 73 [degrees]C and transferred to 2x S-SC/NP40 at room temperature for 30 s. Nuclei were counterstained with 5 [micro]L of 40-60-diamidine-2-phenylindole dihydrochloride (DAPI). A Vysis LSI IgH/bc1-2 dual color, dual fusion t(14;18) probe was used for FISH analysis of all nuclei. Cells were visualized with a fluorescent microscope (Olympus BX50) and 1000 cells were counted in each slide. Representative cells were photographed using a computer-based imaging system. Figures 3 and 4 show a positive and negative result for bcl2/IgH rearrangement via FISH, respectively.




A comparison of the PCR and FISH results is shown in Table 3. In total, 26 (81.25%) of the 32 patients with MBR rearrangement were identified via FISH and/or PCR molecular methods. DNA isolation was successfully performed with 24 (24/32) paraffin-embedded tissue samples, whereas among the 8 samples from which DNA was not successfully isolated 7 were fixed with B5-formalin and 1 was fixed with formalin. In all, PCR failed with 8 (25%) of 32 FL patients' samples (no B-globulin products were obtained); of the 24 samples in which PCR was successful, 19 (79%) were determined to be positive via semi-nested PCR, 10 (42%) were positive based on multiplex PCR, and 8 (33%) were positive based on the LightCycler t(14;18) Quantification Kit (mbr) using specific primers for the MBR and JH consensus regions. In total, 15 of 19 patients with grade I FL (79%), 2 with grade II FL (100%), and 4 of the 5 patients with grade III FL (80%) were mbr-positive. In the control group there was no MBR-rearrangement positivity. Among the MBR-negative cases (5/24) none were mcr-positive. Among the 19 patients whose nuclei were isolated, all but 1 were t(14;18) positive based on FISH.
Table 3: Comparison of PCR and FISK results.

                                       PCR METHODS

Patient  Grade  Paraffin     Real-time  Multiplex  Semi-nested
No.             Fixative           PCR        PCR  PCR Results

3        I      B5-Formalin      0.036          +            +

4        I      Formalin          0.28          +            +

32       III    Formalin          0.13          +            +

6        I      Formalin          0.05          +            +

8        I      Formalin        0.0023          +            +

11       I      Formalin       0.00043                       +

17       I      B5-Formalin          -          +

12       I      Formalin             -          +            +

13       I      Formalin             -          +

30       III    Formalin             -          +            +

10       I      Formalin          0.11          -

31       III    Formalin       0.00729          -            +

34       III    B5-Formalin          -          -            +

20       I      Formalin             -          -            +

5        I      Formalin             -          -            +

19       I      Formalin             -          -            +

21       I      Formalin             -          -            +

23       I      Formalin             -          -            +

26       II     Formalin             -          -            +

18       I      B5-Formalin          -          -            -

33       III    B5-Formalin          -          -            -

9        I      Formalin             -          -            -

15       I      Formalin             -          -            -

22       I      Formalin             -          -            -

7        I      [empty set]

24       II     [empty set]

1        I      B5-Formalin          F          F            F

2        I      Formalin             F          F            F

Patient  Grade  Paraffin         FISH  FISH
No.             Fixative     Abnormal

3        I      B5-Formalin            F

4        I      Formalin          90%  +

32       III    Formalin          75%  +

6        I      Formalin               F

8        I      Formalin          20%  +

11       I      Formalin          45%  +

17       I      B5-Formalin            -

12       I      Formalin               F

13       I      Formalin          60%  +

30       III    Formalin          55%  +

10       I      Formalin          45%  +

31       III    Formalin               F

34       III    B5-Formalin       70%  +

20       I      Formalin          75%  +

5        I      Formalin               F

19       I      Formalin               F

21       I      Formalin          85%  +

23       I      Formalin          85%  +

26       II     Formalin          70%  +

18       I      B5-Formalin            F

33       III    B5-Formalin            F

9        I      Formalin               F

15       I      Formalin          55%  +

22       I      Formalin               F

7        I      [empty set]       60%  +

24       II     [empty set]       95%  +

1        I      B5-Formalin       70%  +

2        I      Formalin          80%  +

F: Failed; FISH: fluorescence in situ hybridization; PCR:
polymerase chain reaction; +: positive: -: negative.


The incidence of the t(14;18) (q32;q21)-IgH/bc1-2rear-rangement in FL is 70%-95% (16;17). There is no gold standard technique for detecting t(14;18), and a combination of conventional cytogenetics, southern blot (SB), and PCR techniques is generally used (18). Initial molecular tests were based on SB techniques, using probes homologous to MBR and mcr sequences. SB hybridization is highly sensitivity, but is labor-intensive and time-consuming, requiring the use of radioactive isotopes and high-quality DNA, which is never obtained from paraffin-embedded biopsy specimens (19). Recently, PCR and FISH have been used to detect IgH/bc1-2 translocation.

Molecular methods can be negatively affected by such factors as specimen age, initial tissue handling, fixative, and the paraffin-embedding process. PCR and FISH are molecular techniques commonly used in clinical laboratories to detect t(14;18) (q32;q21)-IgH/bc1-2 that lack these limitations. Both tests, however, are prone to technical failure (1). Fixation is a significant problem for PCR and FISH. When paraffin-embedded specimens are fixed in mercuric chloride-containing fixatives such as B5-formalin, the efficiency of the DNA isolation method decreases. In the present study the DNA and nuclei isolation rate in specimens that were fixed in B5-formalin and embedded in paraffin (n = 12) was 42% and 33%, respectively, versus 95% and 60% in the 20 samples fixed in formalin, respectively.

Paraffin extraction methods typically yield less than fragmented template, and mercuric chloride-containing fixatives can negatively affect DNA integrity and may hamper binding of the primer to the target sequence, often resulting in test failure (20). In the present study the MBR positivity rate in the DNA of tissue samples was 82.14% based on semi-nested PCR, 53.57% based on multiplex PCR, and 28.57% based on real-time PCR. Among 5 MBR-negative samples that were analyzed, mcr rearrangement and mcr positivity were not detected; we think that mcr rearrangement was not observed due to DNA degradation. However we have investigated a new method for mcr rearrangement by using SYBR Green 1, and the sensitivity of the semi-nested PCR for MBR rearrangement was detected [79%]. Which is accepted as higly succesfull,

Similarly, Einerson et al. reported that DNA was successfully amplified in 42% (10/24) of B5 formalin-fixed specimens and that IgH/bc1-2 was detected via multiplex PCR in 5 (36%) of successfully amplified cases (21). Gisele et al. reported 60% (18/30) MBR positivity in paraffin-embedded tissue samples and 63%. (19/30) in blood samples (2). LightCycler t(14;18) Quantification Kit (MBR) analysis in the present study showed that 8 patients were positive, with scores ranging between 0.00759 and 0.28. As such, semi-nested PCR was superior for the detection of MBR positivity, as compared to the other methods used in the present study. In another study on the frequency of t(14;18) in Turkish FL patients Sayhan et al. used PCR to evaluate representative tissue blocks from 67 FL patients, 12 with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and 11 with reactive hyperplasia. They detected t(14;18) in 46 of the 67 FL patients (68.7%) and 25% of those with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma; in the FL cases 64.2% of these break points were at the mbr region and 4.5% were at the mcr region (22).

FISH is more sensitive than PCR because it is capable of detecting breakpoints that lie outside the regions covered by PCR, but the success of FISH can be negatively affected by such factors as specimen age, initial tissue handling, fixative type, and the paraffin embedding process. Interphase FISH has been used to characterize hematological malignancies in bone marrow and blood samples. In particular, with fresh tissue samples interphase FISH is a useful ancillary technology that plays an important role in the differential diagnosis and classification of lymphoma (23). Several reports of the use of FISH with paraffin-embedded lymphoma biopsy material have been recently published (14); however, FISH is still not widely used for routine diagnosis, probably because it is perceived to be technically demanding and costly (24).

Because of its feasibility, we used FISH method in the present *study on isolated individual nuclei from paraffin-embedded tissue. Of the 19 specimens whose nuclei were isolated, only 1 patient had a negative result. Sarah et al. studied 5 specimens cytogenetically proven positivity of t(14;18) (q31, q21) for bc1-2 and IgH, in bone marrow from these patients and I normal lymph node (12). They showed that 5 patients had t(14;18) (q31;q21) associated with reciprocal fusion of portions of bc12 and IgH loci.

In the present study nested-PCR was used to detect MBR rearrangement, as the technique is capable of detecting just 1 t(14;18)-positive cell from among 10,000 normal cells.

It is obvious that FISH is a more time-consuming technique than nested PCR. PCR is faster than other molecular methods, can be performed with poor-quality DNA, and has high sensitivity, allowing the use of archival material such as formaldehyde-fixed paraffin-embedded samples. When the results cannot be obtained with PCR due to laboratory conditions and sample quality, FISH can be used.

Paternoster et al. reported that FISH works equally well as PCR with formalin- or B5-formalin-fixed and paraffin embedded tissue samples; however, in the presence of limitations due to specimen age and fixation methods, FISH has a higher success rate than PCR in [24 of 28 samples with the ratio of 86%] (25). Many patients with FL respond to treatment, but complete remission rates are very low. For investigated abnormalities, multiplex PCR and nested PCR results were evaluated as positive in 1 patient in the present study, whereas FISH could not show any result in remission; however, the patient relapsed 6 months following this analysis and early positivity of multiplex and nested PCR in this patient was evaluated as the early warning for the clinician in retrospective manner.

Several methods have been developed to detect IgH/bc1-2 translocated sequences, although no single technique can detect the genetic lesions underlying deregulated bc1-2 expression in all cases of FL (19). We have concluded that PCR and FISH methods are complementary to each other. The t(14;18)(q32;q21) chromosomal translocation induces bc1-2 protein expression in FL that is identified immunohistochemically using routine pathology diagnostic algorithms; however, a small number of cases lack bc1-2 protein expression, despite carrying the t(14;18)(q32;q21) translocation, due to somatic mutations of the translocated bc1-2 gene, which prevents epitope recognition by bc1-2 antibodies (26). In such cases FISH and/or PCR analysis may be needed to confirm the pathologist's diagnosis. Thus, the present study aimed to evaluate the role of these molecular techniques in the diagnosis and follow-up of FL, despite the fact that monitoring of t(14;18) in blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes in FL patients remains controversial and further studies are needed to clarify this issue. As well known, t(14;18) (q32;q21) translocation may be seen in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with aggressive presentation, especially those with concurrent 8q24/c-MYC rearrangements; therefore, this translocation is not specific to FL. Because the majority of FL patients with advanced stage disease relapse following diagnosis due to the persistence of residual disease., FISH and/or PCR-detected IgH/bc1-2 rearrangement may be related to the original FL clone developed and detected during follow-up of these patients. Molecular-based studies have shown that t(14;18)-bearing cells may persist in the lymph nodes of FL patients that are in complete remission (27). Additionally, PCR-based techniques can also detect the MBR/JH fusion sequence in the blood and lymphoid tissues of healthy individuals (28), (29). It has been shown that t(14;18) is generated during early B-cell development in the bone marrow and that affected cells may mature and expand in germinal centers (30). As such, the most reliable technique for diagnosis and follow-up of FL is histopathological plus immunohistochemical analysis, but FISH--and in some cases PCR--may be helpful in cases with negative bcl-2, CD10, and/or bc16 immunohistochemistry results.

In conclusion, we think that using both PCR and FISH can facilitate the genetic characterization of tumors. Detection of specific abnormalities in individual patiens would be helpful to develop patient-specific therapies.


This study was supported by the Ege University Medical Research Council (no. 06-TIP-006).

Conflict of Interest

Statement The authors of this paper have no conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests, relationships, and/or affiliations relevant to the subject matter or materials included.

DOI: 10.5505/tjh.2012.93898

Address for Correspondence: Nur SELVI M.D.,

Ege Universitesi Tip Fakultesi. Tibbi Biyoloji Anabilim Dali 35100 Izmir, Turkey Phone: +90 232 390 22 66 E-mail:

Received/Gelis tarihi: June 22, 2010

Accepted/Kabul tarihi: March 5, 2011


(1.) Nambiar M, Raghavan SC: Prevalence and analysis of t(14;18) and t(11;14) chromosomal translocations in healthy Indian population. Ann Hematol 2009, June 2 (epub ahead of print)

(2.) Colleoni GW, Duarte LC, Kerbauy FR, Noguti MA, Felix RS, De. Oliveira JS, Figueiredo MS, Alves AC: Possible influence of the clinical stage and type of treatment in persistence of residual circulating t(14;18)-positive cells in Follicular Lymphoma Patients. Leuk Lymphoma 2004; 45 (3): 539-545

(3.) Vaux DL, Cory S, Adams JM: Bc1-2 gene promotes haematopoiteic cell survival and cooperates with c-myc to immortalize pre B cells. Nature 1988; 335: 440-442

(4.) Horsman DE, Gascoyne RD, Coupland RW, Coldman AJ, Adomat SA: Comparison of cytogenetic analysis Southern analysis and polymerase chain reaction for the detection of t(14;18) in Follicular Lymphoma. Am J Clin Pathol 1995; 103: 472-478

(5.) Gribben JG, Neuberg D, Freedman AS, Gimmi CD, Pesek KW, Barber M, Saporito L, Woo SD, Coral F, Spector N: Detection by polymerase chain reaction of residual cells with bc1-2 translocation is associated with increase risk of the relapse after autologous bone marrow transplantation for B cell Lymphoma. Blood 1993; 81: 3449-3457

(6.) Peterson BA: Current treatment of follicular low-grade lymphomas. Semin Oncol 1999; 26: 2-11

(7.) Cleary ML, Sklar J: Nucleotide Sequence of a t(14;18) chromosomal breakpoint in follicular lymphoma and demonstration of a breakpoint -cluster region near a transcriptionally active locus on chromosome 18. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1985; 82: 7439-7443

(8.) Cleary ML, Galili N, Sklar J: Detection of a second t(14;18) breakpoint-cluster region in human follicular Lymphomas. Exp Med 1986; 164: 315-320

(9.) Crescenzi M, Seto M, Herzig. GP, Weiss PD, Griffith RC, Korsmeyer SJ: Thermostabil DNA polymerase chain amplification of the t(14;18) chromosome breakpoints and detection of minimal residuel disease. Proc Natl Acad. Sci USA 1988; 85: 4869-4873

(10.) Ngan BY, Nourse J, Cleary ML: Detection of chromosomal translocation t(14;18) within the minor cluster region of bc1-2 by polymerase chain reaction and direct genomic sequencing of the enzimatically amplified DNA in follicular lymphomas. Blood 1989; 73: 1759-1762

(11.) Williams ME, Swerdlod SH, Meeker TC: Chromosome t(11,14) (q13;q32) breakpoints in centrocytic lymphoma are highly localized at the bcl-1 major translocation cluster. Leukemia 1993; 7: 1437-1440

(12.) Paternoster SF, Brockman SR, McClure RE, Remstein ED, Kurtin PJ, Dewald GW: Anew method to extract nuclei from paraffin embedded tissue to study lymphomas using interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization. Am J Pathol 2002; 160: 1967-1972

(13.) Albinger-Hegyi A, Hochreutener B. Abdou MT, Hegyi 1, Dours-Zimmermann MT, Kurrer MO, Heitz PU, Zimmermann DR: High fregeuency of t(14;18) translocation breakpoints outside of major breakpoint and minor cluster regions in follicular lypmhomas: Improved polymerase chain reaction protocols for their detection. Am J Pathol 2.002; 160: 823-832

(14.) Liu J, Johnson RM, Traweek ST: Rearregement of the bc1-2 gene in follicular lymphoma: Detection by PCR in both fresh and fixed tissue samples. Diagn Mol Pathol 1993; 2: 241-247

(15.) Rowley JD: Chromosome studies in the non-hodgkin Lymphomas: The role of the 14;18 translocation. J Clin Oncol 1988; 6: 919-925

(16.) Horsman DE, Gascoyne RD, Coupland RW, Goldman AJ, Atlomat SA: Comparison of cytogenetic analysis, and polymerase chain reaction for the detection of t(14;18) in follicular lymphoma. Am J Clin Pat 1995; 103: 472-478

(17.) Ben-Ezra J, Johnson DA, Rossi J, Cook N, Wu A: Effect of fixation on the amplification of nucleic acids from paraffin-embedded material by the polymerase chain reaction. Histochem Cytochem 1991; 39: 351-354

(18.) Espinet B, Bellosillo B, Melero C, Vela MC, Pedro C, Salido M, Pijuan L, Florensa L, Besses C, Serrano. S, Sole F: FISH is better than BIOMED-2 PCR to detect IgH/BCL2 translocation in follicular lymphoma at diagnosis using paraffin-embedded tissue sections. Leuk Res 2008; 32 (5): 737-742

(19.) Peh SC, Shaminie J, Tai YC, Tan J, Gan SS: The pattern and frequency of t(14;18) translocation and immunophenotype in Asian follicular lymphoma. Histopathology 2004; 45: 501-510

(20.) Ventura RA, Martin-Subero JI, Jones M, McParland J, Gesk. S, Mason DY, Siebert R: FISH analysis fort he detection of Lymphoma-Associated Chromosomal abnormalities in routine paraffin-embedded tissue. J Mol Diagn 2006; 8 (2) 141-151

(21.) Einerson RR, Kurtin PJ, Dayharsh GA, Kimlinger TK, Remstein ED: Fish is superior to PCR in detecting t(14;18) (q32;q21)-1gH/bc1-2 in Follicular Lymphoma using paraffin-embedded tissue samples. Am J Clin Pathol 2005; 124: 421-429

(22.) Bi R, Lin DM, Han YL, Lu J, Xue LY, Zheng S, Wang MR, Lu N: Application of interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization in the diagnosis of lymphoma. Zhonghua Bing Li Xue Za Zhi 2009; 38(11): 733-738

(23.) Ventura RA, Martin-Subero JI, Jones M, McFarland J, Gesk S, Mason DY, Siebert R: Fish Analysis for the detection of lymphoma associated chromosomal abnormalities in routine paraffin-embedded tissue. J Mol Diagn 2006; 2 (8): 141-151

(24.) Paternoster SF, Brockman SR, McClure RF, Remstein ED, Kurtin PJ, Dewald GW: A new method to extract nuclei from paraffin embedded tissue to study lymphomas using interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization. Am J Pathol 2002; 160: 1967-1972

(25.) Sayhan N, Tuzuner N, Aki Demir G, Berkarda B: Detection of t(14;.18) in turkish follicular lymphomas using the polymerase chain reaction. Leuk Res 2000; 24 (6): 475479

(26.) Masir N, Campbell LJ, Jones M, Mason DY: Pseudonegative BCL2 protein expression in a t(14;18) translocation positive lymphoma cell line: A need for an alternative BCL2 antibody. Pathology 2010; 42 (3): 212-216

(27.) Janikova A, Mayer J, Kren L, Smardova J, Dvorakova D, Neubauer J, Vasova I: The persistence of t(14;18)-bearing cells in lymph nodes of patients with follicular lymphoma in complete remission: The evidence for 'a lymphoma stem cell'. Leuk Lymphoma 2009; 50 (7): 1102-1109

(28.) Tsimberidou AM, Jiang Y, Ford RJ, Lichtiger B, Medeiros LJ, McLaughlin P, Cabanalas F, Sarris AH: Quantitative real-time palymerase chain reaction for detection of circulating cells with t(14;18) in volunteer blood donors and patients with follicular lymphoma. Leuk Lymphoma 2002; 43: 1589-1598

(29.) Hirt C, Dolken G, Janz S, Rabkin CS: Distribution of t(14;18)-positive, putative lymphoma precursor cells among B-cell subsets in healthy individuals. Br J Haematol 2007; 138: 349-353

(30.) Belaud-Rotureau MA, Parrens M, Carrere N, Turmo M, Ferrer J, Mascarel A, Dubus P, Media JP: Interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization is more sensitive than BIOMED-2 polymerase chain reaction protocol in detecting IGH-BCL2 rearrangement in both fixed and frozen lymph node with follicular lymphoma. Hum Pathol 2007; 38 (2): 365-372

Nur Selvi (l), Buket Kosova (l), Mine Hekimgil (3), Cumhur Burcin Tezcanh Kaymaz (1), Emin Karaca (4), Guray Saydam (2), Murat Tombu1oglu (2), Filiz Buyukkececi (2), Seckin Cagrgan (2), Yesim Ertan (3), Nejat Topcuoglu (1)

(1) Ege University. School of Medicine, Medical Biology Department, Izmir, Turkey

(2) Ege University, School of Medicine, Hematology Department, Izmir, Turkey

(3) Ege University, School of Medicine, Pathology Department, Izmir, Turkey

(4) Ege University, School of Medicine, Medical Genetics Department, Izmir, Turkey
COPYRIGHT 2012 Galenos Yayinevi Tic. Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Research Article
Author:Selvi, Nur; Kosova, Buket; Hekimgil, Mine; Gunduz, Cumhur; Kaymaz, Burcin Tezcanli; Karaca, Emin; Sa
Publication:Turkish Journal of Hematology
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:7TURK
Date:Jun 1, 2012
Previous Article:The frequency and clinical relevance of multidrug resistance protein expression in patients with lymphoma / Coklu Ilac Direnci Protein Ifadelerinin...
Next Article:Conventional and molecular cytogenetic analyses in Turkish patients with multiple myeloma / Multipl Miyelom Tanili Turk Hastalarda Konvansiyonel ve...

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters