Alexander Kroeber

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In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), biologic risk factors such as immunoglobulin variable heavy chain gene (V(H)) mutation status, CD38 expression level, and genomic aberrations have recently been identified, but the relative prognostic impact of the individual parameters is unknown. In the current study, we analyzed V(H) mutation status by polymerase(More)
The exact prognostic role of TP53 mutations (without 17p deletion) and any impact of the deletion without TP53 mutation in CLL are unclear. We studied 126 well-characterized CLL patients by direct sequencing and DHPLC to detect TP53 mutations (exons 2-11). Most patients with 17p deletions also had TP53 mutations (81%). Mutations in the absence of 17p(More)
PURPOSE Immunoglobulin heavy chain variable-region (VH) gene mutation status and zeta-associated protein 70 (ZAP-70) expression are correlated in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), but their concordance is variable. The goal of this study was to elucidate additional factors potentially characterizing their discordance. PATIENTS AND METHODS We evaluated(More)
Immunoglobulin variable heavy chain gene (VH) mutation status and VDJ rearrangement structure were analyzed in 141 patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and correlated with biologic and clinical characteristics; 29% of the MCLs displayed mutated VH using a 98% germline homology cutoff. Striking differences occurred in the VH mutation subgroups with(More)
Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is a prognostic marker in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) related to immunoglobulin V(H) gene (IgV(H))mutational status. We determined gene expression profiles using Affymetrix U133A GeneChips in two groups of B-CLLs selected for either high ('LPL+', n=10) or low ('LPL-', n=10) LPL mRNA expression. Selected genes were(More)
Telomere length is associated with mutation status of the immunoglobulin heavy chain variable (IGHV) gene and clinical course in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL). In a B-CLL cohort of 152 patients, we analyzed telomere length, genomic aberrations, IGHV mutation status, CD38 and ZAP-70 expression to study the prognostic impact and associations(More)
The clinical course of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is heterogeneous with some patients requiring early therapy whereas others will not be treated for years. The evaluation of an individual CLL patient's prognosis remains a problematic issue. The presence or absence of somatic mutations in the IgVH genes is currently the gold-standard(More)
PURPOSE In patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the VH mutation status and genomic aberrations (13q-, +12q, 11q-, 17p-) identify distinct prognostic subgroups. The aim was to elucidate biologic mechanisms through which these genetic markers may exert their pathogenic influence. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-four genes involved in apoptosis,(More)
We report high expression of the maternally imprinted gene PEG10 in high-risk B-CLL defined by high LPL mRNA expression. Differential expression was initially identified by microarray analysis and confirmed by real time PCR in 42 B-CLL patients. mRNA expression ranged from 0.3- to 375.4-fold compared to normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNC).(More)
We investigated the pattern of lipoprotein lipase (LPL) expression in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) and assessed its prognostic relevance. Expression of LPL mRNA as well as protein was highly restricted to leukemic B cells. The intensity of intracellular immunoreactivity of LPL was higher in samples of patients with unmutated immunoglobulin(More)