(1/418) Splenic marginal zone lymphomas of mice.

Splenic marginal zone lymphomas (MZLs) have been found to occur at a high frequency in NFS.N mice congenic for high-expressing ecotropic murine leukemia virus (MuLV) genes from AKR and C58 mice. Based on morphological, immunological, and molecular studies of these mice, MZL is clearly recognizable as a distinct disease with a characteristic clinical behavior. MZL was staged according to the degree of accumulation and morphological change of cells within the splenic marginal zone, as follows: 1) a moderate increase in normal-looking MZ cells, judged to be prelymphomatous, and 2) MZL in three variants: i) distinct enlargement of MZ by normal-looking cells (MZL), ii) distinct enlargement of MZ by basophilic centroblast-like cells (MZL+), and iii) extensive splenic involvement by centroblast-like cells (MZL++). The rate of mitosis and apoptosis increases with lymphoma grade. In most cases, emergence of a dominant IgH clonal pattern in paired splenic biopsy and necropsy samples was correlated with progression. MZLs were transplantable and homed to the spleen. MZL may constitute a commonly occurring lymphoma type unrecognized, in part, because of the centroblastic morphology of high-grade MZL and possible overgrowth of lower-grade MZL by more aggressive follicular lymphomas.  (+info)

(2/418) Analysis of the frequency of microsatellite instability and p53 gene mutation in splenic marginal zone and MALT lymphomas.

AIMS: Studies of the genetic characteristics of splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) have failed to identify genetic changes specific to this tumour. Microsatellite instability is a type of genomic instability associated with different types of human cancer. Although microsatellite instability is rare in B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, it has been found in some specific subsets, such as marginal zone lymphomas arising in mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT), where an association with p53 mutation has been described. Because it has been proposed that SMZL and MALT are close in histogenetic terms, this study investigated the comparative frequency of microsatellite instability and p53 mutation in patients with SMZL and MALT lymphomas. METHODS: Microsatellite instability was investigated using seven microsatellite marker loci in 14 patients with SMZL and 20 patients with MALT lymphomas. In an attempt to clarify the role of p53 gene mutation in the pathogenesis of SMZL, exons 5-8 were also investigated by polymerase chain reaction single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and direct sequencing in a total of 20 patients with SMZL and 22 patients with MALT lymphomas. RESULTS: Microsatellite instability was not detected in patients with SMZL, although five of 20 patients with MALT lymphomas had microsatellite instability. The frequency of p53 mutation was low in both series (two of 20 patients with SMZL and one of 22 patients with MALT lymphomas). No significant association was found between p53 mutation and microsatellite instability. CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that microsatellite instability is not associated with the molecular pathogenesis of SMZL, confirming the relatively increased frequency of microsatellite instability in MALT lymphomas, and perhaps suggesting that MALT and SMZL have different mechanisms of tumorigenesis.  (+info)

(3/418) 7q31-32 allelic loss is a frequent finding in splenic marginal zone lymphoma.

Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) has been recognized as an entity defined on the basis of its morphological, phenotypic, and clinical characteristic features. Nevertheless, no characteristic genetic alterations have been described to date for this entity, thus making an exact diagnosis of SMZL difficult in some cases. As initial studies showed that chromosome region 7q22-32 is deleted in some of these cases, we analyzed a larger group of SMZL and other lymphoproliferative disorders that may partially overlap with it. To better define the frequency of 7q deletion in SMZL and further identify the deleted region, polymerase chain reaction analysis of 13 microsatellite loci spanning 7q21-7q36 was performed on 20 SMZL and 26 non-SMZL tissue samples. The frequency of allelic loss in SMZL (8/20; 40%) was higher than that observed in other B-cell lymphoproliferative syndromes (2/26; 7.7%). This difference was statistically significant (P < 0.05). The most frequently deleted microsatellite was D7S487 (5/11; 45% of informative cases). Surrounding this microsatellite the smallest common deleted region of 5cM has been identified, defined between D7S685 and D7S514. By comparative multiplex polymerase chain reaction analysis, we detected a homozygous deletion in the D7S685 (7q31.3) marker in one case. These results suggest that 7q31-q32 loss may be used as a genetic marker of this neoplasia, in conjunction with other morphologic, phenotypic, and clinical features. A correlation between 7q allelic loss and tumoral progression (death secondary to the tumor or large cell transformation) in SMZL showed a borderline statistical significance. The observation of a homozygous deletion in this chromosomal region may indicate that there is a tumor suppressor gene involved in the pathogenesis of this lymphoproliferative neoplasia.  (+info)

(4/418) Properties of cell lines derived from tumors induced by Friend virus in BALB/c and BALB/c-H-2b mice.

Cell lines have been established in culture from Friend virus-induced tumors of BALB/c (H-2d) and congenic BALB/c-H-2b (BALB.B) origin. Spleens from virus-infected hosts in the terminal stages of erythroleukemic disease provided tissues for the establishment of subcutaneously transplantable tumors of both strains. Subsequently cells of these tumors were introduced into culture and passed serially. Complete, infectious Friend virus (FV) has been routinely recovered from culture supernates of BALB.B tumor cells (HFL/b) throughout its 2-yr passage history. However, after only a few transfer generations in culture BALB/c tumor cells (HFL/d) became nonproducers of virus detectable in either the spleen focus assay in vivo or the XC assay in vitro. Nonproducer HFL/d cells possessed the complete genomes of the components of the FV complex, since FV could be recovered from them either by cocultivation with helper virus-infected syngeneic embryo fibroblasts or by serial passage in the ascitic form in normal, syngeneic adult hosts.  (+info)

(5/418) Dysregulation of cyclin dependent kinase 6 expression in splenic marginal zone lymphoma through chromosome 7q translocations.

The increased or inappropriate expression of genes with oncogenic properties through specific chromosome translocations is an important event in the pathogenesis of B-cell lymphoproliferative diseases. Recent studies have found deletions or translocations of chromosome 7q to be the most common cytogenetic abnormality observed in SLVL, a leukemic variant of SMZL, with the q21-q22 region being most frequently affected. In three patients with translocations between chromosomes 2 and 7, the cloning of the breakpoints at 7q21 revealed that each was located within a small region of DNA 3.6 kb upstream of the transcription start site of cyclin dependent kinase 6 (CDK6). In each case the translocation event was consistent with aberrant VJ recombination between the immunoglobulin light chain region (Ig kappa) on chromosome 2p12 and DNA sequences at 7q21, resembling the heptamer recombination site. The t(7;21) breakpoint in an additional patient with splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL), resided 66 kb telomeric to the t(2;7) breakpoints juxtaposing CDK6 to an uncharacterized transcript. In two of the SLVL patient samples, the CDK6 protein was found to be markedly over expressed. These results suggest that dysregulation of CDK6 gene expression contributes to the pathogenesis of SLVL and SMZL.  (+info)

(6/418) Hepatosplenic B-cell lymphoma associated with hemophagocytic syndrome: a case report.

While T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) associated with hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) has been frequently observed, B-cell NHL associated with HPS has been rarely reported. We report a case of hepatosplenic B-cell lymphoma associated with HPS in a 41-year-old woman who presented with fever of unknown origin. An abdominal CT scan revealed splenomegaly with focal splenic infarction. Splenectomy and a liver wedge biopsy showed sinusoidal-pattern infiltration of medium to large tumor cells with positive reaction to a B-lymphocyte marker. Findings on bone marrow examination showed proliferation of histiocytes with avid hemophagocytosis.  (+info)

(7/418) HHV-8 is associated with a plasmablastic variant of Castleman disease that is linked to HHV-8-positive plasmablastic lymphoma.

Castleman disease (CD) is a lymphoproliferative disorder of unknown etiology that is associated with the development of secondary tumors, including B-cell lymphoma. Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) (Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus) sequences have been described in some cases of multicentric Castleman disease (MCD). Using a monoclonal antibody against an HHV-8-latent nuclear antigen, we show that HHV-8 is specifically associated with a variant of MCD in which HHV-8-positive plasmablasts that show lambda light-chain restriction localize in the mantle zone of B-cell follicles and coalesce to form microscopic lymphomas in some cases. Furthermore, we show that the frank plasmablastic lymphoma that develops in patients with this plasmablastic variant of MCD is also positive for HHV-8 and lambda light chain. Plasmablastic lymphoma associated with MCD is a new disease entity associated with HHV-8 infection. (Blood. 2000;95:1406-1412)  (+info)

(8/418) Late Epstein-Barr virus infection of a hepatosplenic gamma delta T-cell lymphoma arising in a kidney transplant recipient.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: gd T-cell lymphomas are only exceptionally observed in transplanted patients. Aim of this study was the detailed characterization of one such case. DESIGN AND METHODS: The patient developed spontaneous splenic rupture six years after kidney transplantation. The splenic red pulp was infiltrated by medium-sized and large lymphoid cells with two or more nucleoli. At autopsy, similar lymphoid cells infiltrated the hepatic sinusoids. Histologic, immunologic and molecular studies were carried out. RESULTS: By immunohistochemistry, the atypical lymphoid cells were found to express CD3, CD45 and CD43, indicating their T-lineage origin. Approximately 99% of spleen mononuclear cells (MNC) were CD3(+), gammadelta TcR+, CD4-, CD8-, alphabeta TcR-. A clonal gammadelta TcR rearrangement (Vgamma1-Jgamma1.3/2.3-Cgamma2; Vdelta1-Ddelta2-Jdelta1) was detected. The final diagnosis was peripheral T-cell lymphoma, hepato-splenic gammadelta-type. EBV infection of spleen MNC was documented by molecular studies. However, in situ hybridization for EBER-1 (EBV-RNA) showed that only a minority of malignant lymphoid cells (5-7%) were EBV-infected. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: It is concluded that EBV infection was as a late event involving an already transformed gd T-cell clone.  (+info)