Development of a second clonally discrete Burkitt's lymphoma in a human immunodeficiency virus-positive homosexual patient

F. Barriga, J. Whang-Peng, E. Lee, C. Morrow, E. Jaffe, J. Cossman, I. T. Magrath

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Abstract

We have studied, at a molecular level, two small non-cleaved cell malignant lymphomas (Burkitt's type) that were separated by a disease-free interval of 3 years in a patient infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The late occurrence of the apparent relapse suggested that the second lymphoma might be caused by a separate malignant transformation in a discrete clone of B cells. Although both tumors expressed the same immunologic surface markers (μk) and carried the same t(8;14) translocation, Southern blot analysis of DNA from each tumor, using specific restriction endonucleases and probes to the c-myc and the immunoglobulin heavy chain loci, demonstrated that the chromosomal breakpoints relevant to the translocations differed between the tumors. This was corroborated by analysis of the immunoglobulin light-chain rearrangements in the two tumors. These observations indicate that the second tumor was not a recurrence of the first but represented the malignant transformation of a different clone of B cells. Thus late relapses of certain malignancies in individuals at high risk may be caused by the malignant transformation of discrete cell clones (i.e., induction of a new tumor).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)792-795
Number of pages4
JournalBlood
Volume72
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology

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    Barriga, F., Whang-Peng, J., Lee, E., Morrow, C., Jaffe, E., Cossman, J., & Magrath, I. T. (1988). Development of a second clonally discrete Burkitt's lymphoma in a human immunodeficiency virus-positive homosexual patient. Blood, 72(2), 792-795.