What is the role of cytogenetics in the workup of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)?

Updated: Mar 15, 2019
  • Author: Muhammad Rashid Abbasi, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Most cases of MCL are associated with a chromosome translocation between chromosome 11 and 14, t(11;14)(q13;q32). [6, 7]

In a study of sox11, a transcription factor involved in embryonic neurogenesis and tissue remodeling, Chen et al concluded that nuclear expression of sox11 is highly associated with MCL, but it is independent of t(11;14)(q13;q32) in non–mantle cell B-cell neoplasms. [7] Chen et al assessed expression of sox11 and evaluated its association with t(11;14) and overexpression of cyclin D1 in 211 cases of B-cell neoplasms.

The investigators noted nuclear staining of sox11 in 95% (54/57) of MCLs (98% classical and 50% variant types). Of the 3 MCLs that were negative for the nuclear sox11 staining, 2 were positive for t(11;14). [7] The remaining 114 cases of B-cell lymphomas had variable cytoplasmic positive staining without nuclear positivity.

In addition, no nuclear staining of sox11 was found in 30 plasma cell myelomas, including 12 cases with t(11;14)(q13;q32), but intense nuclear staining of sox11 was present in 50% (5/10) of a subset of hairy cell leukemias, as well as an overexpression of cyclin D1. [7] Chen et al noted that the association with cyclin D1 overexpression in hairy cell leukemia may suggest sox11 involvement in cyclin D1 upregulation in hairy cell leukemia. [7]

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