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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 23

of 'Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of Waldenström macroglobulinemia'

Clonal evolution in Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia highlights functional role of B-cell receptor.
Ciric B, VanKeulen V, Rodriguez M, Kyle RA, Gertz MA, Pease LR
Blood. 2001;97(1):321.
The course of clonal evolution of 2 related clones in the blood of a patient with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) indicates the functional importance for the expression of the B-cell receptor for the survival of these malignant cells. Protein and nucleotide sequencing of the paraproteins' variable regions revealed 2 predominant Vlambda and 2 VH sequences, each set comprised in the ratio 1:1.5. The 2 VH sequences and 2 Vlambda sequences shared the same VDJ and VJ junctional sequences, respectively, indicating that 2 malignant clones had evolved from a common ancestor. This is the first report on intraclonal heterogeneity in WM. Comparison of the Vlambda and VH sequences with the closest matching known germline genes showed that they contained approximately 10 somatic mutations each. The distribution and type of mutations demonstrate that mutations have continued to accumulate in the malignant clones and that selection has been operating to preserve immunoglobulin structure.
Department of Immunology, Mayo Medical and Graduate School, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.