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PURPOSE Familial aggregation among patients with several hematological malignancies has been revealed. This emphasizes the importance of genetic factors. Only few genes predisposing to familial hematological malignancies have been reported until now due to the low occurrence. We have described in previous study PRF1 and CEBPA variants that might contribute(More)
The mechanisms for the formation of variant Philadelphia (Ph) translocations that occur in 5-10% of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) are not fully characterized. Studies on the prognosis of these variant translocations have yielded conflicting results, especially regarding imatinib outcome and the status of deletions on the derivative chromosome(More)
Perforin gene (PRF1) mutations have been identified in some patients diagnosed with the familial form of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and in patients with lymphoma. The aim of the present study was to determine whether patients with a familial aggregation of hematological malignancies harbor germline perforin gene mutations. For this purpose, 81(More)
Familial aggregation of hematological malignancies has been reported highlighting inherited genetic predisposition. In this study, we targeted four candidate genes: JAK2 and RUNX1 genes assuring a prominent function in hematological process and CBL and NPM1 as proto-oncogenes. Their disruption was described in several sporadic hematological malignancies.(More)
Mutations are responsible for familial cancer syndromes which account for approximately 5–10 % of all types of cancers. Familial cancers are often caused by genetic alterations occurring either in tumor suppressor or genomic stability genes such as TP53. In this study, we have analyzed the TP53 gene by direct sequencing approach, in a panel of 18 Tunisian(More)
The precision of immunological characterization of leukemias was improved by a certain number of technical innovations, particularly hybridoma production and standardization, resulting in monoclonal antibodies and definition of recognised cellular antigens (designated by CD: Cluster of Differentiation). The aim of this work was to determine the(More)
We retrospectively studied 120 cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia diagnosed between January 1988 and December 1998. The median age of our patients was of 66 years, 75% among them were male. The discovery of the illness was fortuitous in 20% of the cases, the peripheral adenopathy and the splenomegaly were noted respectively in 72 and 48% of the cases.(More)
The aims of this study are to investigate the frequency of derivative chromosome 9 (der (9)) deletion in Tunisian patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and to assess the correlation between this deletion and the cytogenetic response for patients treated with hydroxyurea (HU) or imatinib (IM). Karyotype analysis of 336 patients with CML was performed(More)