Combined single nucleotide polymorphism-based genomic mapping and global gene expression profiling identifies novel chromosomal imbalances, mechanisms and candidate genes important in the pathogenesis of T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia with inv(14)(q11q32).

Dürig J, Bug S, Klein-Hitpass L, Boes T, Jöns T, Martin-Subero JI, Harder L, Baudis M, Dührsen U, Siebert R.

Abstract T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL) is a rare aggressive lymphoma derived from mature T cells, which is, in most cases, characterized by the presence of an inv(14)(q11q32)/t(14;14)(q11;q32) and a characteristic pattern of secondary chromosomal aberrations. DNA microarray technology was employed to compare the transcriptomes of eight immunomagnetically purified CD3+ normal donor-derived peripheral blood cell samples, with five highly purified inv(14)/t(14;14)-positive T-PLL blood samples. Between the two experimental groups, 734 genes were identified as differentially expressed, including functionally important genes involved in lymphomagenesis, cell cycle regulation, apoptosis and DNA repair. Notably, the differentially expressed genes were found to be significantly enriched in genomic regions affected by recurrent chromosomal imbalances. Upregulated genes clustered on chromosome arms 6p and 8q, and downregulated genes on 6q, 8p, 10p, 11q and 18p. High-resolution copy-number determination using single nucleotide polymorphism chip technology in 12 inv(14)/t(14;14)-positive T-PLL including those analyzed for gene expression, refined chromosomal breakpoints as well as regions of imbalances. In conclusion, combined transcriptional and molecular cytogenetic profiling identified novel specific chromosomal loci and genes that are likely to be involved in disease progression and suggests a gene dosage effect as a pathogenic mechanism in T-PLL.