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We report 2 novel, cryptic chromosomal abnormalities in precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL): a translocation, either t(X;14)(p22;q32) or t(Y;14)(p11;q32), in 33 patients and an interstitial deletion, either del(X)(p22.33p22.33) or del(Y)(p11.32p11.32), in 64 patients, involving the pseudoautosomal region (PAR1) of the sex chromosomes.(More)
Clinical trials have been initiated with Apo2L/TRAIL (Genentech) and agonistic mAbs to TRAIL receptors, -R1 and -R2 (Human Genome Sciences). The apoptosis-inducing ability of these mAbs and different TRAIL preparations, in the presence or absence of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi), varied markedly against primary chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)(More)
The biologic and pathologic features of B-cell malignancies bearing a translocation t(14;19)(q32;q13) leading to a fusion of IGH and BCL3 are still poorly described. Herein we report the results of a comprehensive cytogenetic, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), molecular and histopathological survey of a large series of B-cell malignancies with(More)
ABT-737 and its orally active analog, ABT-263, are rationally designed inhibitors of BCL2 and BCL-X(L). ABT-263 shows promising activity in early phase 1 clinical trials in B-cell malignancies, particularly chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In vitro, peripheral blood CLL cells are extremely sensitive to ABT-737 (EC(50) approximately 7 nM), with rapid(More)
BACKGROUND Bortezomib has been successfully used in the treatment of multiple myeloma and has been proposed as a potential treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In this study we investigated the mechanism by which bortezomib induces apoptosis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells. DESIGN AND METHODS Using western blot analysis, we monitored the(More)
Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), a member of the TNF family, which is being developed as an anti-tumour agent due to its selective toxicity to tumour cells, induces apoptosis by binding to two membrane-bound receptors, TRAIL-R1 and TRAIL-R2. Clinical trials have been initiated with various preparations of TRAIL as well(More)
CCAAT enhancer-binding protein (CEBP) transcription factors play pivotal roles in proliferation and differentiation, including suppression of myeloid leukemogenesis. Mutations of CEBPA are found in a subset of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and in some cases of familial AML. Here, using cytogenetics, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and molecular(More)
High-level BCL2 expression is seen in most patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in the absence of BCL2 chromosomal translocation. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP; -938C>A) within an inhibitory region of the BCL2 promoter has been reported to regulate BCL2 protein expression and to be associated with adverse prognostic features in CLL. We(More)
Prospective identification of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) destined to progress would greatly facilitate their clinical management. Recently, whole-genome DNA methylation analyses identified three clinicobiologic CLL subgroups with an epigenetic signature related to different normal B-cell counterparts. Here, we developed a clinically(More)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is clinically heterogeneous. While some patients have indolent disease for many years, 20-30% will progress and ultimately die of their disease. CLL may be classified by the Rai or Binet staging system, mutational status of the immunoglobulin variable heavy-chain gene (IGVH), ZAP-70 overexpression, cytogenetic(More)