Genes, chromosomes & cancer vol:4 issue:4 pages:302-8
Two t(14;18)-negative follicular B-non-Hodgkin's lymphomas with the same chromosomal abnormality, dup(12)(q13----qter), are presented. The absence of a BCL2 gene rearrangement was confirmed by molecular studies in both cases. Instead, duplication of a 12q segment was found. Further evidence for the presence of the dup(12)(q13----qter) was found using fluorescence in situ hybridization. dup(12q) may be equivalent to the trisomy 12 originally described in B-chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This chromosome anomaly has also been reported in B-non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, usually in association with other chromosome anomalies and a more aggressive tumor phenotype. Occurrence of dup(12q) in two histologically similar cases of follicular small cleaved-cell lymphoma without a typical t(14;18), suggests that this karyotypic change may play a critical role in some cases of follicle center-cell lymphomas.