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t(3;7)(q27;q32) MIR29A/BCL6

Written2008-12Björn Schneider, Stefan Nagel, Roderick AF Macleod
DSMZ, German Collection of Microorganisms, Cell Cultures, Department of Human, Animal Cell Cultures, Inhoffenstr. 7b, 38124 Braunschweig, Germany

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Identity

ICD-Topo C420,C421,C424 BLOOD, BONE MARROW, & HEMATOPOIETIC SYS
Atlas_Id 1515

Clinics and Pathology

Disease Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma (SMZL)
Etiology SMZL is quite rare, comprising about 1% of lymphomas. Patients typically present with splenomegaly often involving peripheral blood, liver, and bone marrow. About a third of patients have a slight monoclonal gammopathy, thus SMZL may overlap Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia.
Epidemiology Though rare overall, SMZL is still one of the most common small B-cell lymphoma of the spleen. It mainly affects those over 50 years.
Pathology The histologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular heterogeneity of SMZL suggests it originates from different (centrocytic, monocytoid, lymphoplasmacytic) B-cell populations residing within normal SMZ.
Treatment Splenectomy. Responds poorly to chemotherapy.
Evolution May develop into large cell lymphoma.
Prognosis Favorable: SMZL displays an indolent course: 10 year survival ≅ 70%.

Cytogenetics

Note t(3;7)(q27;q32) may be a variant of del(7)(q32) - the main recurrent abnormality reported in SMZL.
 
  Figure 1: Cytogenetic analysis of t(3;7) in a DLBCL cell line (RC-K8). G-banding (A) and FISH (B) images show t(3;7)(q27;q32) in a DLBCL cell line RC-K8 established from a patient with DLBCL. Expression profiling shows this cell line to express a related but significantly different set of genes from other DLBCL derived cell lines.
 
  Figure 2: BCL6 and FRA7H Breakpoints in RC-K8 cells. FISH analysis showed rearrangement of BCL6 (A) with FRA7H (B). Treatment of RC-K8 cells with aphidicolin (APC) to induce expression of fragile sites revealed chromatid breaks (ctb) at FRA7H (red arrowhead) as well as elsewhere, e.g. at FRA3D (green). The break at FRA7H induced by APC (B) lies close to the translocation breakpoint present in t(3;7) as determined by LDI-PCR (see below). Interestingly, clastogenesis at FRA7H favored normal chr. 7 homologs over t(3;7) implying stabilization of FRA7H by the latter.

Genes involved and Proteins

Gene Name BCL6
Location 3q27
Note Breakpoint lies outwith MBR and ABR.
 
  Figure 3: Molecular breakpoint analysis at 3q27 by LDI-PCR. Results of molecular breakpoint analysis by long-distance inverse (LDI)-PCR of the BCL6 and FRA7H junctions on der(3) and der(7) (arrows). Note deletions of 365 bp from chromosome 3 and 416 bp from chromosome 7 (broken lines) on der(7).
Figure 4: BCL6 protein. The BCL6 gene comprizes 10 exons. There are two alternative exons 1 (a or b). Only exons 3-10 harbor protein coding sequences.
Figure 5: Expression of BCL6 in Hodgkin lymphoma and DLBCL. Note preferential expression of BCL6 in DLBCL. RC-K8 t(3;7) cells display moderately upregulated BCL6 expression typical of non-IGH BCL6 rearrangements. Heatmap shows upregulation (red), inconspicuous expression (black) and downregulation (green).
Gene Name MIR29A
Location 7q32
Note miR-29-a and/or miR 29b1 (7q32). miR-29-a/b1 resides inside common fragile site FRA7H (APC inducible, cloned).
 
  Figure 6: Putative gene targets at 7q32 in t(3;7)(q27;q32). The miR-29 sequences (miR-29a and miR-29b1) are located on chromosome 7q32 upstream of Ref.Seq. gene KLF14 which lies outside FRA7H, and within the intron of a putative uncharacterized gene CR618431.
Figure 7: Expression of miR-29-a/b1 in Hodgkin lymphoma and DLBCL. Expression analysis of miR-29a and miR-29b1 was performed by RT-PCR analysis in HL and DLBCL cell lines in comparison to the control gene UBF. Data indicate low level expression of miR-29-b1 in DLBCL cell lines as compared to HL cell lines.

Result of the chromosomal anomaly

Hybrid gene
Note t(3;7)(q27;q32) belongs to the emerging class of non-fusogenic BCL6 translocations. These carry upstream BCL6 breakpoints which lie closer to the transcription unit than ABR breakpoints at ≅ 250 KBp. While BCL6 is undoubtedly upregulated in such cases, expression levels lie below those carrying IGH-BCL6 translocations. In the case of t(3;7) the chromosome 7 breakpoint lies within FRA7H, the first FRA firmly associated with an hematopoietic malignant translocation (as opposed to deletion). Physiological BCL6 expression occurs in germinal centers where it is thought to permit immunological DNA breakage by suppressing apoptosis induced by the p53 damage pathway. It is tempting to suppose that BCL6 expression might also incur the risk of untoward breakage at fragile sites.
FRA7H is bereft of RefSeq genes. Apart from putative mRNA transcripts of dubious provenance (several including CR618431 shown in Figure 6 have been inadequately annotated and may be pseudogenes), miR-29-a/b1 are the only verified genes mapped to FRA7H. Deletions affecting the miR-29-a/b1 cluster have been recently linked to SMZL and previously to CLL. Interestingly, a key target of miR-29-a/b1 is TCL1 known to be upregulated in SMZL.
  

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Citation

This paper should be referenced as such :
Schneider, B ; Nagel, S ; Macleod, RAF
t(3;7)(q27;q32)
Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2009;13(11):883-887.
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Translocations implicated (Data extracted from papers in the Atlas)

 t(3;7)(q27;q32) MIR29A/BCL6

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