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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)
Translocations involving the immunoglobulin heavy chain locus (IGH@) at chromosome band 14q32 are common in mature B-cell neoplasms, but are rare in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL). Here, we report the translocation, t(6;14)(p22;q32), involving IGH@ as a novel recurrent translocation in 13 BCP-ALL patients. Fluorescence in situ(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)
Members of the PRDM protein family have been shown to play important roles during embryonic development. Previous in vitro and in situ analyses indicated a function of Prdm6 in cells of the vascular system. To reveal physiological functions of Prdm6, we generated conditional Prdm6-deficient mice. Complete deletion of Prdm6 results in embryonic lethality due(More)
Rheumatoid factors (RF) recognize conformational determinants located within the Fc portion of IgG. By analyzing a panel of monoclonal rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-derived RFs, we previously demonstrated that the somatically generated light chain complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) contributes to RF specificity. We have now generated a panel of heavy(More)
The accurate classification of CLL and MBL is essential for the prospective testing of biologic markers that may, in the future, separate MBL into patients who have little likelihood of progression and those who are very likely to progress. Without the reclassification of early-stage CLL and MBL there will be continued confusion over this entity. We(More)
Several chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) susceptibility loci have been reported; however, much of the heritable risk remains unidentified. Here we perform a meta-analysis of six genome-wide association studies, imputed using a merged reference panel of 1,000 Genomes and UK10K data, totalling 6,200 cases and 17,598 controls after replication. We identify(More)
Primary effusion lymphomas (PEL) are associated with human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) and usually occur in immunocompromised individuals. However, there are numerous reports of HHV-8-unrelated PEL-like lymphomas with unknown aetiology. Here we characterize an HHV-8-unrelated PEL-like lymphoma in an elderly woman who was negative for human immunodeficiency(More)
A number of single nucleotide polymorphisms have been associated with disease predisposition in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. A single nucleotide polymorphism in the MDM2 promotor region, MDM2SNP309, was shown to soothe the p53 pathway. In the current study, we aimed to clarify the effect of the MDM2SNP309 on chronic lymphocytic leukemia characteristics and(More)